City BJP asks Moily to intervene on LPG issue

Alleging that the city residents are being harassed by the gas agency owners, Delhi BJP on Sunday sought petroleum minister Veerappa Moily’s intervention on the matter.

State BJP unit president Vijender Gupta demanded that Moily should ensure that the new LPG gas connections are provided to the needy in the city because the gas agencies have stopped their bookings.

He also asked the Union minister to make arrangements for supplying subsidised cylinders to over four lakh poor families here after the government did away with their quota of kerosene.

“Petroleum minister Veerappa Moily should provide new gas connection to the people in Delhi because the gas agencies have stopped booking for new gas connections,” Gupta said in a statement.

He also said gas agencies were behaving in an ‘arbitrary manner’ after the Union government brought in a new rule that each household will be eligible only for six subsidised cylinders annually.

“Government has fixed the quota of gas cylinders but it has not issued clear-cut directions in this regard. The gas agencies are taking advantage of this,” he said.
 Earlier, following the decision by the Centre, chief minister Sheila Dikshit had said that the city government would give three more subsidised cylinders to those to be covered under the Kerosene-free Delhi scheme.

The decision, taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by Dikshit, will benefit 3.56 lakh poor families, the government had claimed.

The city government had launched the Kerosene-Free Delhi scheme in August by giving free gas stoves, cylinder and regulator to the poor.

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