“The Cabinet note on the proposal of increasing the number of subsidized cooking gas cylinders per household annually was circulated last week, and may be cleared in the next meeting," he told reporters in New Delhi.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had last week asked the government to raise the number of subsidized cylinders that households get in a year.
Increasing the limit to 12 would result in additional fuel subsidy burden of Rs 3,300 crore-4,000 crore. The government already incurs about Rs 46,000 crore per annum as LPG subsidy.
The government had initially capped the supply of subsidized domestic LPG cylinders to six per household in September 2012 in a bid to cut its subsidy bill. It was raised to nine in January 2013.
The consumers, who exhaust their quota, have to buy LPG at the market price of Rs 1,258 per cylinder. Subsidized LPG costs Rs 414 per cylinder in Delhi.
At present, 89.2 percent of the 15 crore LPG consumers use up to nine cylinders, weighing 14.2 kg each, in a year and only 10 percent have to buy the additional requirement at the market price.
After the quota is raised to 12, about 97 percent of the LPG consumers would be covered under subsidized LPG scheme.


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