LPG cash subsidy a political game of central government: Parkash Singh Badal

Prakash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab has termed cash subsidy on LPG cylinder a political game of central government. He said that cash subsidy on LPG cylinders to people is a political game of the central government but Punjab Government has no objection on it.

Preparations are underway to implement Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme for LPG subsidy in 5 and 7 more districts of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh states respectively. Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Faridkot, Barnala and Fatehgarh Sahib are the five district of Punjab while Chamba, Kangra, Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, Kullu, Lahaul Spiti are the seven districts of Himachal Pradesh where the scheme would be extended. Before this, LPG subsidy through DBT scheme which began from 1st June includes only Nawanshahr district of Punjab and Una, Bilaspur and Hamirpur districts of Himachal Pradesh. The scheme began in the fourth district (Mandi) of Himachal Pradesh from August 1. Government has started Cash Transfer Compliance Customer (CTC) system for more than 70% LPG consumers in the said districts.

For CTC consumers have been given a time frame till 30th September to provide their bank account linked Aadhaar number to their gas agencies. Those consumers would be denied of LPG subsidy from October 1 who will fail to submit their bank account linked Aadhaar number to their gas distributors until the set deadline. Consumer will have to buy LPG cylinder at market price from October 1 while the subsidy amount of 9 LPG cylinders per year would be credited into their Aadhaar linked bank account.

According to Anand Arora, Deputy Director General, UIDAI Chandigarh Regional Office, more than 95% Aadhaar enrollment has been completed above said four districts of Himachal Pradesh. According to him, the aim is to achieve 100% enrollment in the region by December 2013. Oil and Petroleum Ministry has directed oil companies to develop centralized software for the implementation of the scheme in 5 districts of Punjab and 7 districts of HP by 15th August.

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