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Gas consumers can get 5-kg cylinders at subsidised rate

Gas consumers can get 5-kg cylinders at subsidised rate
Till now, cooking gas (LPG) was available for domestic use in 14.2-kg cylinders. Consumers were entitled to 12 such bottles in a year at subsidised rate of Rs 417 in Delhi.

Now the subsidised cooking gas is also available in 5-kg packs, costing Rs 155 per such cylinder in Delhi.

Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that consumers can avail of 34 cylinders of 5-kg in a year at subsidised rates. Any requirement beyond that would have to be bought at market price of Rs 351 per bottle.

Like the 14.2-kg cylinders, the mini subsidised packs are available at the regular LPG dealer or distributors. 5-kg LPG cylinders are available at select petrol pumps but at market price of Rs 351.

"Public sector oil marketing companies (OMCs) have reported that they are already marketing subsidised 5-kg cylinders up to 34 cylinders in a year per connection. The mini-LPG cylinder gives an option to people with small income to buy a refill at subsidised rate without having to shell out large sum of money.

Households now have the option to buy 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each at subsidised rate in a year or 34 bottles of 5-kg each at the below-market price per annum. Any requirement beyond that is to be met through purchase of cooking gas at market price - Rs 752 per 14.2-kg cylinder and Rs 351 per 5-kg bottle. 

Pradhan said there was "no proposal under consideration of the government" to remove the subsidy on 14.2-kg cylinders after introduction of the mini-packs. Oil Ministry officials said consumers with regular LPG connection i.e. those who have enrolled themselves for cooking gas supply with a local distributor/dealer, can avail of either of 14.2-kg or 5-kg cylinders. For convenience of accounting, they will have to give a declaration of availing either of the two at the beginning of the year. Any consumer taking 14.2-kg cylinder cannot midway switch to 5-kg bottle and vice-a-versa.

This is because the subsidy entitlement per household is fixed - 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg or 34 bottles of 5-kg each in a year. Midway chances may lead to accounting problems. Unregistered consumers can however avail of market priced 5-kg cylinders from petrol pump without much paper work.
 
These cylinders are available off the shelf and consumers do not have to pre-book a refil or delivery.

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‘Both sides discussed the need to greatly enhance cooperation in the oil and gas sector to the mutual benefit of people of the two countries,” an official statement said.
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