People heave sigh of relief

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, Jan 17: The Centre’s decision to raise the subsidized LPG cylinder cap from 6 to 9 with effect from April this year has come as a major relief to common people in Jammu and Kashmir. In view of the harsh climatic conditions in the Valley, people as well as the Government had been pleading increase in the LPG cap as a “special concession.”
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Chowdhary Muhammad Ramzan said they have called a meeting with officials of oil companies on Friday to discuss the Centre’s fresh move. “We will hold deliberations with them and chalk out a strategy on how to implement the fresh decision on increase in LPG cap,” he said.
An oil company official said, “So far we have not received any guidelines from the Oil Ministry on the number of subsidized cylinders that a consumer can avail in this financial year. But it is likely that consumers would now be able to avail five subsidized cylinders between September 14 last year, when the cap was imposed, and March 31 this year. This slab was earlier set at three cylinders during the period.”
A subsidized LPG cylinder will now cost Rs 423.50, non-subsidized Rs 974, non-subsidized (exempted category) Rs 1308 and commercial cylinder Rs 1847.
“It is a welcome step. We appreciate it. But we had demanded raising the cap on subsidized cylinders to 12. We will continue to press for the demand,” said Muhammad Yaseen Khan, President Kashmir Traders and Manufactures Federation (KTMF).
Pertinently the LPG cap had triggered a shutdown across Kashmir when it was imposed some months back.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 18 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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