Amethi: Congress general secretary on Thursday hinted that the Central government is mulling to increase the number of subsidised cylinders from six to 12 in a year.

Gandhi scion, who was in Amethi on Thursday, said, “The Central government is planning to increase the number of subsidized LPG cylinders from six to 12.

Congress-ruled states have already announced to give 9 cylinders on subsidiesed rates. I will raise the issue in Delhi.”

On September 13, the Union government had announced a consumer would get up to six subsidised cylinders (currently Rs 410 a cylinder in the capital). It added consumers would have to pay Rs 894 for every additional cylinder. For the period between September 13, 2012 and March 31, 2013, all consumers are eligible for three subsidised cylinders; they have to pay market prices for additional ones.

Most Congress-ruled states, including Haryana, Maharashtra, Assam and Delhi, had announced three additional cylinders to consumers at subsidised rates.

The three government-owned OMCs - Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum, together meet the country’s entire LPG cylinder demand.

(JPN/Bureau)

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