Cong-ruled states told to increase LPG cap

In an attempt to placate simmering resentment on the issue of cap on LPG cylinders, the Congress has asked party–ruled states to increase the number of subsidised cylinders from to six to nine per family in a year.

“The party has decided that our chief ministers in the Congress ruled states will provide nine subsidised cylinders annually to each household,” Congress general secretary Janardan
Dwivedi informed newspersons.

Dwivedi further said that the increase in cap is for all families. Notably, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had announced nine subsidised cylinders but only for BPL families living in the national capital.

The Congress’s announcement came after the Union Cabinet’s decision to put a cap on LPG cylinders to six per household in a year created political upheaval in the country with Trinamool Congress withdrawing support from the UPA government. Even Union Ministers K V Thomas and Harish Rawat had aired their disagreement with the decision.

Delhi, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Uttarkhand, Assam, Maharashtra, Arunchal Pradesh and Mizoram are all ruled by the Congress.

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