"I came to know about the reports regarding the LPG price increase while the cabinet meeting was on. Immediately I contacted Union Minister Moily and what he told me was that no increase has come into effect," the Kerala CM said.
    
Moily said that the Centre had only decided to implement the direct transfer of the subsidy component on the domestic LPG to bank accounts of the beneficiaries.
    
He also said that his ministry would be issuing a statement later in the day to clarify on this.
    
On the issue of direct cash transfer, Kerala has been given a grace period of two months since the Aadhaar-linking of the bank accounts of the LPG customers had not exceeded 50 percent, Chandy said, adding that he would once again call Moily to seek further clarification.
    
“If the report of hike is true, the state government would forgo the VAT accruing to its exchequer due to the increase in the price of LPG cylinders,” he added.

(Agencies)

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