LPG cylinder quota: CERC wants Centre to revise guidelines
Moneylife Digital Team 21 January 2013

The consumer organisation wants the UPA government to take corrective steps against the “one address-one connection” rule and re-issue a fresh set of guidelines, keeping in view the joint family set-up in the country

Ahmedabad-based Consumer Education and Research Centre (CERC) has opposed the anomalies in the implementation of the decision to reduce the number of LPG cylinders per connection. While questioning the recent ruling of the government that only one connection at the same address is eligible for six LPG cylinders per year under the subsidized quota, the CERC said, “This rule could hit the joint family culture in India as it will impose an additional financial burden of purchasing cooking gas at premium rates for big families that will be unable to survive on the limited quota.”


The joint family system is a deep-rooted trait in the Indian culture, CERC pointed out and appealed to the Centre to resolve the plight of thousands of such consumers who are part of joint families and will now have to bear an additional financial burden. CERC has outlined the threat that this “one kitchen one connection” rule will pose to the social fabric of the country.


In a letter to M Veerappa Moily, Union minister for petroleum and natural gas, the CERC, cited the example of a retired civil servant who will have to let go his LPG connection to stay with his 45-year-old son and daughter-in-law, both of whom have shown the same address at the gas office and are, therefore, entitled to only one subsidized connection.


CERC has also suggested ways through which the government can verify the number of people staying in a house and accordingly allot the subsidized connection. These methods include checking the municipal corporation bill, election card, telephone bill of the same address, which will help the authorities to avoid the misuse of this criterion.


CERC has asked the authorities concerned to take the required corrective steps against the “one address-one connection” rule and re-issue a fresh set of guidelines, keeping in view the joint family set-up in India. Else the consumer organization has also threatened legal action against the bodies concerned.


Last week, bowing to public pressure, the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) chaired by prime minister Manmohan Singh raised the cap on subsidised LPG cylinders to nine cylinders per household from six.


In September, the Centre had decided that each household will get six cylinders of 14.2-kg per annum at the subsidised rate and any requirement beyond that would have to be procured at market rate.


Subsidised LPG costs Rs410.50 per 14.2-kg cylinder and any household requirement beyond the new cap of nine cylinders will have to be bought at Rs942 per bottle.


RS Butola, chairman, Indian Oil Corporation said consumers will get five subsidised cylinders instead of previously mandated three till 31 March 2013. From 1 April onwards they will get nine cylinders in a year, he said.

P K Jayan
4 years ago
This CIBIL should be asked to CLOSE DOWN its business permanently. Sooner the better. In my own case, they showed me CIBIL SORE 773 (good) and the same report showed to Bank another PERSONAL SCORE 533 (bad). This CHEATING and FRAUD by CIBIL. They take money from us for their report cheating business. Why 2 scores equally opposite to one another in the same report for same person. Bloody cheats. What is RBI doing there why its officers are sleeping on issues. The so called off-line supervision of RBI is the cause of all this. They should ask all their officers (hefty paid goons) to wake up and do their duty, otherwise donot pay them salary from public money.
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