LPG cylinders get pricier

LPG cylinders get pricier

Bangaloreans to pay Rs 419.50 now

Consumers will be required to pay an additional Rs 11.42 for every subsidised LPG cylinder as the government on Friday acceded to the LPG dealers’ demand of a hike in commission.
A subsidised LPG cylinder, priced at Rs 408 in Bangalore, will now cost Rs 419.50. The cylinder costs Rs 410.42 in Delhi as against Rs 399.

A 14.2kg cylinder will cost Rs. 421.50 in Mulbagal, Rs. 420.50 in Davangere, Harappanahalli and Harihar and Rs. 417.50 in Ajjampura, Chikmagalur and Channagiri.

The Petroleum Ministry has issued the order, in response to the dealers’ threat to strike work if their commission on sale of cylinders was not increased.

The dealers’ commission on  non-subsidised cylinders was raised by Rs 12.17 to Rs 38 per cylinder, following which it will cost Rs 921.50 in Delhi.

The commission on 5 kg cylinders was hiked by Rs 5.33 to Rs 18.63. The National Federation of LPG Distributors of India has, however, said the new commissions are not enough in the current scenario and demanded a Rs 65 hike for every cylinder delivered. Besides, they also demanded a single pricing policy for LPG.

“Multi-pricing mechanism has brought in a series of accounting and distribution problems along with opening new doors for black marketing due to disparity in rates of the same product with same shape, size and equal quantity,” the federation said in a statement.
The Oil Ministry is contemplating increasing commission paid on petrol by 23 paise to Rs 1.72 and diesel by 10 paise to Rs 1.01 per litre.

Petrol pump dealers have, however, demanded a hike of 67 paise on petrol and 42 paise on diesel.