A bill opposing the central government’s decision of linking LPG subsidy with Aadhar card was passed in the assembly in Kolkata on Monday. Partha Chatterjee presented the bill in the legislative assembly to which government and opposition replied in a single voice. Ruling party brought the amended bill as suggested by the main opposition left. That is why all other parties except Congress gave their support to it. Decision of bringing a bill against central government’s decision was taken on the first day of the meeting of the winter session headed by chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Chatterjee said that proposal’s outline has been framed after considering subsidy to LPG consumers. West Bengal government does not agree with the centre’s decision to make Aadhar card compulsory for receiving LPG subsidy. Supreme Court also has suggestion on Aadhar card. Proposal’s outline was framed after considering common people’s facility and SC’s order. Amendments suggested by opposition parties have also been included in the bill. CM Mamata Banerjee opposed this earlier also and asked for Prime Minister’s interference in this. According to proposal only 15% people in the state have got Aadhar card and in this case 85% people will not get nine subsidized cylinders in a year.
Opposition leader Suryakant Mishra said in a press conference that benefits of 25-26 schemes of seven ministries under central government has confirmed through Aadhar card while number of Aadhar card holders in the state is not even 10%. He said that Left has been opposing this since the very beginning. We people asked for modification in the proposal in parliament which has been accepted by the government which is a good thing.
Three lakh consumers still to link Aadhar Card in Bhopal
Petroleum Ministry has set 31st December as the deadline date for giving LPG subsidy by linking it to Aadhar card in Bhopal district for which 28 days are left. Till now only 2.5 lakh consumers have linked their Aadhar card with bank account while the doubt is that whether 3 lakh consumers will be linked in the remaining days. There are about 5.27 lakh LPG consumers serviced by three oil companies. Indane Oil Corporation Regional Area Manager OP Sahu said that this work has gained pace in the last two months but people should complete it as early as possible. Non-subsidized LPG cylinder costs Rs. 1032 (as of 30th November) while the subsidized cylinder costs Rs. 453.50. Majority of people are also in confusion over subsidy issue. Many consumers complain that less subsidy amount is reaching into their accounts while many complain that subsidy has not reached at all in their bank account. Supreme Court’s pending decision over the Aadhar card issue also creates confusion among people. A gas agency operator said that many people ask him daily that is Aadhar card essential for subsidy?