New Delhi: The Central Government’s move to reduce subsidy on LPG has left millions of consumers in the lurch. Over three crore gas connections are likely to be disconnected as the oil companies adopted new norms for identity verification of their consumers.

More than two-months after the government implemented quota system in subsidised LPG cylinders, consumers are yet not fully aware of the process. The situation remained grim even after Union Minister Veerappa Moily took over the charge as new Petroleum Minister.

The oil companies are verifying the identities of LPG customers under its much hyped Know Your Customer (KYC) scheme.

Oil companies have to verify more than 17 crores gas connections by the end of November but consumers claimed that the guidelines issued for it are quite unclear.

According to general secretary of All India LPG Distributors Federation (AILDF) Chandraprakash, the oil companies have so far been sending the list of consumers with more than one connection.

Chandraprakash said that more than 90 percent of gas agencies are facing staff crunch and hence they are unable to verify documents of thousands of consumers within the proposed time frame.  

Oil companies claimed that out of 17 crore consumers, over three crore have either mentioned wrong addresses or availed dual connections.


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