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Posted on Jan 21, 07:34PM | UNI
Delhi Government today decided to increase the number of LPG subsidised cylinders to the beneficiaries of the Kerosene-free Scheme from 9 to 12 in a financial year.
The decision in this regard was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
Talking to media after the Cabinet meeting, Ms Dikshit said the decision would go a long way in making women head of such families comfortable and satisfied as they would continue to get three additional subsidised LPG cylinders even after the recent decision of the Union Government, where it had decided to restrict number of such cylinders to each consumer to six.
''The city government decided to bear the difference between the cost of three non-subsidised cylinders and subsidised cylinders in respect of the families covered under Kerosene-free Delhi Scheme,'' the Chief Minister said.
''Delhi Government is sensitive to the needs of the poor in the Capital city, hence, it decided to bear the expenses to provide three subsidised LPG cylinders to the beneficiaries of the Scheme,'' she said.
Around four lakh BPL/AAY/JRC cardholders eligible for one free filled-in LPG cylinder, LPG Gas Stove, LPG connection and tube would benefit by the decision.
Ms Dikshit said her government would release an amount of Rs 15 crore more to facilitate delivery of the three subsidised cylinders.
The government would bear the cost of subsidy at the rate of Rs 350 per cylinder to meet the difference of cost between non-subsidised and subsidised cylinders.