Around 14.5 lakh ration card holders will be able to avail of nine subsidised LPG cylinders per year, after a decision by the state cabinet on Wednesday, while around 1.5 lakh ration card holders will have to manage with six cylinders per year.
District supply officer Madhukar Bodke and Food distribution officer for city Dnyaneshwar Javanjal said there are around 1.6 million ration card holders in Pune including rural areas and the city. The city has over eight lakh ration card holders while the district has less than eight lakh ration card holders.
All ration card holders except those holding White ration cards (income above Rs1 lakh) will be able to avail of nine cylinders per year and it includes APL ration card holders as well.
The state cabinet on Wednesday decided to raise the cap of subsidised domestic gas cylinders to nine instead of six. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had made it clear that Congress ruled states will provide nine gas cylinders instead of six and chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had clarified that there would be ‘good news’ before Diwali. The state cabinet took the decision to provide nine cylinders per year but with a condition that the facility will not be provided to families having an annual income more than Rs one lakh.
In urban areas of Pune, there are 6.96 lakh Above Poverty Line (APL) ration card holders and 46,030 ration card holders in BPL category including Antyoday scheme beneficiaries. In the district, there are 6,09090 APL ration card holders and around 1.80 lakh BPL ration card holders. There are 94,874 white ration card holders in city with an income above Rs one lakh. There are 40,000 such ration card holders in the district.
In all, 1.34 lakh white card holders will get only six cylinders per year while around 14.5 lakh ration card holders will get nine cylinders per year.