Friday, February 21, 2014

Aadhar not mandatory to buy subsidized LPG cylinders: Govt

Subsidized LPG cylinders can be purchased without having an Aadhaar account, the government informed the Lok Sabha on Friday.

A clarification on delinking Aadhaar account from disbursal of subsidized LPG cylinders would be issued within a week, petroleum and natural gas minister Veerappa Moily said during question hour.

"A clarification will be issued within a week," he said. As far as direct benefit transfer (DBT) is concerned, Cabinet has decided to delink Aadhar account from disbursal of subsidized LPG cylinders. Now, subsidized cylinders can be purchased without Aadhaar account, Moily said.

He said there have been some problems in DBT programme, mainly related to banks, which have been given Rs 435 per cylinder (for subsidy) which is not enough since the subsidized price of one cylinder has increased to Rs 700.

He also emphasized that the government has not increased the price of subsidized cylinders for consumers.

Under DBT, about 4.86 crore accounts have been made and around 2.06 crore households have received subsidized cylinders.

Regarding know your customer (KYC) norms for LPG connections, the minister said the government has already issued clarifications regarding multiple connections and would liberally look into the matter if required.

"If there are two separate LPG connections in the same address, it would be allowed if there are separate kitchens or separate households ... A declaration has to be made (by the consumer)," he added.

Source:-The Times of India

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