New Delhi: It seems that after resorting to bold moves on slashing subsidy on LPG cylinders, the UPA government has began to calculate the impact of the decision on political grounds. Sensing the possible political dent out of its ‘bold measures’, the sources say, the government is mulling to raise the cap on subsidised cylinders. It is believed that the central government, given the upcoming assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, is in a mood to change its previous decision of giving only six subsidised LPG cylinders annually and instead it may announce to change the cap to 12.

However, whatever be the reason behind this decision, the common man will certainly have a sigh of relief if the government agrees to raise the number of subsidized LPG cylinders.

According to the sources, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar raised the issue of quota system in the distribution of subsidised LPG cylinders in the cabinet meeting held on Thursday. Some other Ministers including Defence Minister A.K Antony and Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh strongly stood by Sharad Pawar over the issue of quota system after which, the government began to contemplate over changing previously announced cap. It is also said that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has also given her consent for this change. She has also discussed the matter with union finance minister P. Chidambaram. Petroleum Minister Jaipal Reddy has been assigned the task to make necessary preparations in this regard.
   
Centre had last month announced to slash subsidy on LPG cylinders by capping their number to six a year for each connection holder. The current market price of an LPG cylinder is nearly Rs 900.

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