Uproar in Lok Sabha over cap on subsidised LPG

The ruling Congress’ allies Nationalist Congress Party and Dravida Munnethra Kazhagam on Friday joined the Opposition led by Bharatiya Janata Party to protest the government’s assertion in the Lok Sabha that six subsidized cooking gas cylinders were enough for a normal family in a calendar year.

The House witnessed uproar when Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Panabaka Laxmi, quoted a survey to claim that normally six LPG cylinders would be enough per family.

“About 90 per cent (of the) population are using nine cylinders. Based on the survey, normally six cylinders are enough per family. I am telling this based on the survey,” said Laxmi, while replying to a query from BJP MP Raosaheb Danve Patil during the Question Hour in the Lok Sabha.

Her comment triggered uproar as MPs of the UPA constituents the NCP and DMK joined the Opposition and raised slogans to increase the number of subsidized LPG cylinders from nine to 12 per household per year.

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