Centre announces subsidy on domestic LPG gas cylinder beneficiaries
Centre announces  subsidy on domestic LPG gas cylinder beneficiaries
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NEW DELHI: In a bid to Provide big relief to the beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) scheme, the Central government has announced a subsidy on domestic LPG gas cylinders. The beneficiaries will now get cooking gas at cheaper rates, in the government-led scheme.

Anurag Thakur, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, has announced that each 14.2 kg LPG gas cylinder will receive a subsidy of Rs. 200 annually for the Ujjwala Yojana's 9.59 crore beneficiaries.

The Centre has set a 12-time annual maximum for refills. That indicates that as of 1 March 2023, the union cabinet has approved a subsidy of Rs. 200 each 14.2 kilogramme cylinder for up to 12 refills annually.  The total expense would  be Rs.6,100 crore for the financial year 2022-23 and Rs.7,680 crore for 2023-24, it said.

Incidentally, this subsidy has already been offered since May 22, 2022 by all three major oil marketing companies: Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL), and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL).

According to the central government, there has been a significant rise in LPG prices on the global market as a result of different geopolitical factors, and it is crucial to protect PMUY recipients from high LPG prices.

"PMUY neneficiries are urged to keep using LPG by targeted support. In order for PMUY consumers to fully transition to cleaner cooking fuel, it is crucial to maintain LPG uptake and usage among them "it said. It also said the average LPG consumption of PMUY consumers has hiked by 20% from 3.01 refills in 2019-20 to 3.68 in 2021-22.

Separately, the price of non-subsidized 14.2 kg petrol cylinders was increased this month by Rs. 50 by the Centre. The cost of a non-subsidized 14.2 kilogramme gas cylinder in the capital city of Delhi is Rs. 1,103. This month, the cost of a 19-kg commercial LPG cylinder increased significantly by 350.50 rupees to Rs. 2,119.50 per cylinder.

What is Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY): The PMUY was introduced by the central government as a flagship scheme with the goal of providing rural and underprivileged households with access to clean cooking fuels like LPG who would otherwise use conventional fuels like firewood, coal, cow dung cakes, etc. It was on May 1, 2016,  that PMUY was introduced in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh.

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