New Delhi: Call it a result of the Congress’ defeat in the four by-elections that the government has now decided not to price diesel differently for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and for other uses.

Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister S Jaipal Reddy said, “As the dual pricing of the fuel would lead to abuse in the market and is impractical, the government has ruled out its implementation.”

Earlier, in this regard the EGOM had held many meetings where it had considered the proposal to give only six subsidized cooking gas cylinders to every family in a year.

However, after sensing the ramifications of implementation of these proposals, the government has decided not to do so.

Significantly, the Petroleum Minister has derived a new formula to reduce the kerosene subsidy. As per new formula, the villages which would be given electricity connections would now get less supply of the kerosene. This formula will be applied to those villages where LPG connections are accessible.       

At present, the government with the help of Petroleum Ministry, Power Ministry and state governments is busy making the list of such villages where the supply of kerosene would be reduced.

The government is subsidizing kerosene at Rs 27 per liter.

(JPN/ Bureau)