"There is a request that the subsidized cylinders be increased from nine to 12...It came from several chief ministers," Finance Minister P Chidambaram told reporters here.

There have also been demands to roll back the hike of Rs 220 per cylinder of non-subsidized cooking gas (LPG), which customers buy after consuming their quota of nine subsidized cylinders.

Each non-subsidized 14.2-kg cooking gas cylinder currently costs Rs 1,241 in Delhi, about three times more expensive than a cylinder of subsidized LPG.

"I am not sure whether the Petroleum Ministry has actually operationalised the increase in price of non-subsidized cylinders. We will take a look both at the proposal (for a rollback in price) as well the demand from some quarters that nine subsidized cylinders should be increased to 12," Chidambaram said.

With a view to cut its subsidy bill, the government had capped the supply of subsidized domestic LPG cylinders to six per household in a year in September 2012. The quota was raised to nine bottles per household a year in January 2013.

Officials said state-owned oil firms currently lose Rs 762.70 per cylinder on the sale of subsidized LPG and if yesterday's hike is to be rolled back, the government will have to increase subsidy.

(Agencies)

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