1. Subsidised LPG: PM Narendra Modi urges well-off people to give up subsidy

Subsidised LPG: PM Narendra Modi urges well-off people to give up subsidy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today appealed to the well off people to give up subsidised cooking gas, and expressed his government's resolve...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 28, 2015 10:57 AM
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Since the Narendra Modi government started the new scheme of direct benefit transfer (DBT) for cooking gas, several persons opted out of the subsidy scheme. (Reuters)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today appealed to the well off people to give up subsidised cooking gas, and expressed his government’s resolve to reduce dependence on energy imports by 10 per cent by 2022.

Sharing oil companies’ plans to increase piped cooking gas connection to one crore households from 27 lakh currently in the next four years, Modi said the decision to surrender LPG subsidy by 2.8 lakh consumers would result in a savings of Rs 100 crore.

“I had made a small mention about giving up LPG subsidy. As many as 2.80 lakh people has responded positively…and this will lead to a saving of at least Rs 100 crore. This Rs 100 crore can be utilised for the welfare of poor”, Modi said while speaking at the ‘Urja Sangam’ here.

Since the government started the new scheme of direct benefit transfer (DBT) for cooking gas, several persons opted out of the subsidy scheme.

Modi said that 12 crore bank accounts opened under the Jan Dhan scheme are being used for transferring subsidies directly to the consumers which has helped in plugging the leakages and effectively fighting corruption.

“To fight corruption, if institutional mechanism, transparent mechanism, policy driven system can be put in place then we can prevent leakages. And this has been proved by cash transfer,” the Prime Minister said.

Referring to India’s 77 per cent dependence on energy imports, Modi said the effort should be to reduce it by 10 per cent by 2022, when India will celebrate 75 years of Independence.

“We can reduce this import by at least 10 per cent in 2022. This 10 per cent we will produce ourselves and this should be our dream.

“If we become successful in reducing import by 10 per cent in 2022, by achieving 10 per cent growth in domestic production, then I can assure you that by 2030 we can reduce this import to 50 per cent,” he added.

Modi said the country needs to increase domestic output of energy to reduce dependence on imports.

“Our target has to be higher, only then we can reduce the import…for that we have to make effort,” he said, adding that the domestic energy companies should aim to become multinationals.

Most of the public and private companies are operating within the country and they need to look out and tap the energy market which is global, the Prime Minister said.

“These days energy diplomacy is a new area. In global relations energy diplomacy has become a requirement. The more our companies become multinational, the more we can increase our reach and space in this sector,” he added.

He also underlined the need to strengthen institutional mechanism to deal with the future problems of the energy sector.

Modi said he hoped that the country’s young population and the government’s focus on skill development would help in dealing with the challenges in the energy sector.

Observing that 12 crore bank accounts under the Jan Dhan scheme were opened in 100 days, he said that this “Jan Dhan has become Jan Shakti” with the government transferring subsidy directly into these accounts.

Recalling initiatives taken by the government in the energy sector, he said diesel prices have been deregulated and 5-kg cylinder was launched for the benefit of poor as well as the students.

The government, Modi said, was also encouraging blending of ethanol with petrol as it would some relief to the sugar sector which is facing glut.

The farmers, he added, would be encouraged to use barren land to grow jethropha which is used in manufacturing biodiesel.

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    Ajay
    Mar 27, 2015 at 2:24 pm
    MP, MLA should relinquish the benefits they get first
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      aman
      Mar 27, 2015 at 1:54 pm
      why don u ask your super-rich MPs and all to give up subsidized food and free petrol etc and why not ask them to give up avoiding taxes by stacking black money abroad.
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        anurag
        Mar 28, 2015 at 11:58 am
        So .... the people from whom Govt takes Income Tax.... Govt doesnt want to support these same very People in running their household....Dhanya ho Na Mo Ji. I dont know if these same very guys are privatly planning to get a refuge in some other country like Aus/USA/ NWZ / SAF ...because its the mother-land who is differentiating between them and others and intends to hurt them at every opportunity.
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          vivek
          Mar 27, 2015 at 2:25 pm
          The problem is there is no advantage in doing that. The service is still pathetic and it takes 2 weeks for the cylinder to come home, regardless. I bet a large number of people will give up subsidy if there is some quicker service.
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            dk
            Mar 28, 2015 at 8:19 am
            Why should affluent persons should have kitchen and need LPG?. Over phone, every thing is available if one has money. Food, entertainment,what ever one wants. Except mother and father, money can buy every thing. Having LPG, Kitchen, Servants, cook.....IT is just like AA bail mujhe maar.
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              dk
              Mar 27, 2015 at 2:37 pm
              Just like BPL Cards, affluent persons has to be issued "affluent card" for this purpose.
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                dk
                Mar 27, 2015 at 2:29 pm
                Such appeals can be made for many issues and for different sections of people. Then what is the use of rules and regulations? All problems can be solved by such appeals. Oil Companies projects are all with inflated project cost. All oil Companies enjoy and Show "GHARIYALI AANSU. There are more smarter people than the PM. Why Thousands of Crores of Rupees are pumped into AIR INDIA when other Air Lines provide better services at lower cost? LPG is a waste byproduct of Petrochemicals and are burnt into atmosphere. Even Its subsidized cost is more than the production cost (Production cost of LPG is ZERO).
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                1. Ram Singh Sachan
                  Mar 28, 2015 at 11:43 am
                  S LPG subsidy and deploy that money in subsidizing solar energy.
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                  1. Ram Singh Sachan
                    Mar 28, 2015 at 11:40 am
                    The LPG subsidy should be sped altogether.The money so saved should be necessarily ploughed in the development and subsidy of solar energy.
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                      gspal
                      Mar 28, 2015 at 1:36 am
                      The GoI and the Oil Companies are making moolah out of a byproduct of the oil refineries. And, they want to make more by asking people to pay more by giving up the subsidy. There are various other byproducts like coal tar from which the govt makes money. Modi's BJP carries on with what the Congress was doing in the past, i.e. Chori.
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                        Ramesh
                        Mar 27, 2015 at 12:31 pm
                        There are more than one cylinder at the same door number for the same kitchen in the name of husband and wife..If govt eliminates these extra cylinders, they can get back 25 to 30 % of the present subsidised conections
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                          Mohan Rao
                          Mar 28, 2015 at 11:44 am
                          First of it's not a subsidy from GOI. Oil companies manufacturing cost is lower than, what at present we r purchasing. It was little bit costly when crude was reached to 120 usd a barrel. At present Oil companies r making good profit on subsided rate also. Second thing If People will give up subsidy than, what will happen? At present situation within 6 months of new Government spend Rs.350 Crore on forign trips. it will be 1000 Crore of foreign trip. r v ready to accept this position? Second thing PM will make a suit of Rs.50 lac than, for cover-up again 1 Gujju will purchase that suit... for cover-up.. All the Indian citizens understand all the things.
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                            N.Raghavan
                            Mar 27, 2015 at 4:19 pm
                            What is the criteria of affluency?!
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                              R
                              Mar 27, 2015 at 8:56 pm
                              This measure should have been introduced a long time ago.Better late than never. People will not give up their free gifts voluntarily.I have seen rich families buying ration items and getting free gifts from Amma Government.There should be an element of force-though mildly. Persons earning above Rs 10 lacs annually should not be enled to subsidised Cooking Gas.
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                                Salunke SR
                                Mar 28, 2015 at 2:18 pm
                                Well-off people pay heavy taxes. Their children study in private schools. No medical facilities from Government. They regularly pay their tax bills etc. Is Modiji/BJP planning to Pull off their cloths also? Once BJP comes to power they have habit of ditching people for no handsome reason.
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                                  SP
                                  Mar 28, 2015 at 12:31 pm
                                  I feel there needs to be a provision to get the subsidy back, if one changes his mind. Also incentives like faster delivery can be provided.
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                                    srt
                                    Mar 28, 2015 at 1:18 pm
                                    who is well off people? ried cl, who is already over burdened by taxes? pls clarify.
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                                      CHINTA555
                                      Mar 28, 2015 at 9:30 am
                                      Is NAMO NOT SO WELL-OFF MANTRI?
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                                        CHINTA555
                                        Mar 28, 2015 at 9:26 am
                                        NAMO should give up his Rs.317 CRORES PA FOREIGN TRAVEL trips and reimburse to GOI tijory all that money from his BA FUNDS Immediately instead of asking the so-called haves to give up Gas Subsidy money
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                                          CHINTA555
                                          Mar 28, 2015 at 9:23 am
                                          NAMO should give up his Rs.317 CRORES PA FOREIGN TRAVEL trips and reimburse to GOI tijory all that money from his BA FUNDS Immediately instead of asking the so-called haves to give up Gas Subsidy money.
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                                            t p
                                            Mar 27, 2015 at 1:19 pm
                                            Thanks to PM for multi-front sincere service to the mother-India. *** jai hind ***
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