New Delhi: After the rollback of price hike on non-subsidised cylinders, the government is planning to extend the quota of subsidized LPG cylinders. The government had hiked Rs 26.50 for non-subsidized cylinder.  

The Central Government has changed its stand given the politics over cooking gas cylinder issue in Himachal Pradesh assembly election. The government does not want take any risk before the upcoming Gujarat election. Along with that the Central Government is also going to request state government to bear some part of subsidy on cooking gas and Kerosene.

Sources say that a high level meeting was held few days back to discuss increasing the quota of subsidized cooking gas cylinders every year. The Prime Minister-led meeting came to consensus that the Petroleum Ministry should decide on the number of subsidized cylinders given to consumers. Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily has already started calculations to decide the quota.

According to the instructions of Moily, the rollback of cooking price hike came into effect on Thursday night. Moily is in favour of increasing the number of subsidized cylinders from six to nine. Congress has asked Moily to take interim decision on the issue.

According to sources, Moily is going to write the state governments over the issue of cooking gas quota. It will be intended to apprise the states of present financial condition of the oil companies and the need of withdrawing subsidy. States will be asked to share the financial burden. Few states on their own have announced to increase the quota of subsidized cylinders to economical weaker section.


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