Indian Oil Corp, Bharat Petroleum Corp and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd like government Oil Marketing Companies (OMC) have asked Supreme Court to give permission for allowing limited LPG subsidy through Aadhar card. However, the court refused to make any changes in its order n Tuesday. Justice BS Chauhan and SK Bobde said that hearing on Aadhar card petition will be done after 16 October. These companies have claimed that through this order the DBT scheme implemented in 97 districts will be halted. Under this scheme consumer has to purchase LPG cylinder at market price and the subsidy amount is transferred into his bank account. These companies had to bear subsidy amounts of Rs. 39,558 crore in 2012-13, Rs. 29,997 crore in 2011-12 and Rs. 21,772 crore in 2010-11.
These companies have claimed that they can bridle on the commercial uses of domestic LPG cylinders and leakage on the subsidy. According to their petition the 23rd September order will create troubles in implementing the direct benefit transfer for LPG scheme in an effective and efficient manner. Confusion over Aadhar card will also lead to go back on the previous system in those 54 districts where the scheme has already been implemented. Companies have said accepting both the models simultaneously will result in a larger confusion and along with cost, brunt of loss of resources will also to be suffered. Companies have demanded court for a clarification on its order. Companies added that decision of stepwise ending subsidy was taken after suggestions from an expert committee. They have claimed that after implementation of the scheme in 20 districts, sale of domestic LPG cylinders from June to August has declined by 7.37 lakh cylinders on an annual basis while sale of commercial cylinders has risen by 97000 on an annual basis. 45000 multiple connections have been identified and blocking them has saved Rs. 24 crore.
Waiting for Supreme Court’s order on Aadhaar: Nandan Nilekani
UIDAI Chairman Nandan Nilekani has said that Aadhar card will not be made mandatory for availing any scheme until Supreme Court’s decision. He added that even he is waiting for Supreme Court’s order on this issue. The next hearing on this case will be on 22 October. SC says that Aadhar card or Aadhaar number cannot be made mandatory for essential services. Central government and OMC have filed a petition requesting for a change in this decision.