No proposal to raise subsidised LPG cylinder quota: Oil Secretary

Jan 06 2014, 17:59 IST
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Oil firms lose Rs 762.70 per cylinder on the sale of subsidised LPG and govt will have to pay higher subsidy if the quota is raised. PTI Oil firms lose Rs 762.70 per cylinder on the sale of subsidised LPG and govt will have to pay higher subsidy if the quota is raised. PTI
SummaryOil firms lose Rs 762.70 per cylinder on the sale of subsidised LPG and govt will have to pay higher if the quota is raised.

The government has no proposal before it to raise the quota of subsidised LPG cylinders to 12 per household in a year from current limit of nine, Oil Secretary Vivek Rae said today.

"There is no proposal in my ministry," he told reporters on the sidelines of an industry event here.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram had last week stated that there were demands from "several chief ministers" for raising the quota of subsidised cylinders and the government "will look into" them.

Rae said his ministry, as of now, is not processing or proposing any change in the subsidised quota.

"I am not aware if there is any decision (on raising the limit) at political level," he said.

With a view to cutting its subsidy bill, the government had capped the supply of subsidised domestic LPG cylinders to six per household in a year in September 2012. The quota was raised to nine bottles per household a year in January 2013.

Officials said state-owned oil firms currently lose Rs 762.70 per cylinder on the sale of subsidised LPG and the government will have to pay higher subsidy if the quota is raised.

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