Kerala, Bengal protest against elimination of LPG subsidy

Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017,10:53 IST By joji A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | The Chief Ministers of Kerala and West Bengal have criticized the Narendra Modi government’s decision to raise prices of subsidised cooking gas (LPG) every month to eliminate all subsidies.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Monday demanded that the Union government withdraw it’s decision to eliminate the LPG subsidy from March next year, saying it was a matter of concern.
The decision would only cause difficulties to the common man as their day to day expenses will steadily go up. Hence, government should be prepared to withdraw the decision, he said in a release.
The Chief Minister said that since July 2016, LPG prices had been increased at least 10 times. This month itself, at a single stroke, the LPG cylinder price had gone up by Rs 32, he said.
An LPG cyclinder priced at Rs 420 last June, was now Rs 480, he said.
Now to add to people’s woes, the subsidy was being withdrawn, he said.
The government has ordered state-run oil companies to raise subsidised cooking gas (LPG) prices by Rs four per cylinder every month to eliminate all subsidies by March next year.
West Bengal Chief Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP of deviating from the commitments it had made to the public and alleged that the saffron party “does not care about the people”.
“The BJP makes public commitments and then deviates from all. They only care about money,” The Trinamool Congress supremo wrote on her Twitter handle this afternoon.
Questioning BJP’s commitment to the society, Banerjee wrote, “How can the BJP not carry out their social obligation? Where is their commitment to society at large?” “I am really concerned about the commoner. Earlier, subsidy was withdrawn on LPG and now again. BJP does not care about the people,” she added.
The government has ordered state-run oil companies to raise subsidised cooking gas (LPG) prices by Rs 4 per cylinder every month to eliminate all the subsidies by March next year, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said today.
The government had previously asked Indian Oil (IOC), Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL) to raise rates of subsidised domestic LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) by Rs 2 per 14.2-kg cylinder per month (excluding VAT).
Now, the quantum has been doubled so as to bring down the subsidy to nil, he said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here.
Every household is entitled to 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each at subsidised rates in a year. Any requirement beyond that is to be purchased at market price.|