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1.15 crore families to get 3 more cylinders

Friday, 9 November 2012 - 8:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Only 1.15 crore families will be entitled for the subsidy on the additional three cylinders announced by the state government, according to the state government.

Only 1.15 crore families will be entitled for the subsidy on the additional three cylinders announced by the state government, according to the state government.

The state, however, has clarified that the decision of the subsidy was limited only for the current fiscal year.

On Wednesday, the state government took an in-principle decision to cap the total number of subsidised cooking gas cylinders up to nine a year.

The state government has announced the subsidy on three additional cylinders for the families with an annual income of less than Rs1 lakh and who hold saffron and yellow ration cards.

The state has nearly 2.20 crore ration cards, of which, 2.02 crore cards are eligible for the subsidy. However, the number of gas connection holders is 1.21 crore.

“We are going as per the socio-economic survey conducted in 1997 and according to it, there are 2.02 crore families who earn less than 1 lakh annually. Of them, the gas connection holders are only 1.21 crore families. The further scrutiny will drop the number further as the per capita income has significantly increased in the last 15 years,” said Bhagwan Sahay, principal secretary, food and civil supply.

He added that the beneficiaries opting for the subsidised cylinders will have to give an undertaking disclosing their income and the other vital information.

Sahay said the digitisation of the list of the ration card holders was on.

“The procedure of registration of beneficiaries is expected to be completed in the next two months and the benefit of the subsidised cylinders will be started immediately after that,” he said.

He, however, clarified that th\e decision was limited to the current fiscal as of now.

According to the officials from the department, the bogus ration cards holders will be automatically excluded from the benefits as the declaration by them will be made public. This would result in final beneficiaries reduced to around 1.15crore.


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