New Delhi: The Union Government today slashed the prices of Liquified Petroleum Gas (Cooking Gas) by ₹200 per cylinder for all LPG consumers. Effective August 30, 2023, the price of a 14.2 Kg LPG cylinder will be reduced by Rs 200 in all markets across the country. In Delhi for instance, the decision will bring down the cost of a 14.2 Kg cylinder from the existing Rs 1103 per cylinder to Rs 903 per cylinder. The PM Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) consumers will continue to get the subsidy of ₹200/cylinder in their accounts.
The government today also approved 75 lakh additional PM Ujjwala connections, which will take the total PMUY beneficiaries to 10.35 crores.
Announcing this decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it was a gift to the sisters on the occasion of the Raksha Bandhan festival.
“The festival of Raksha Bandhan is a day to enhance happiness in our family. The reduction in gas prices will increase the comfort of the sisters in our family and make their lives easier. May every sister of ours be happy and healthy. This is my wish to God,” Modi said.
It may be noted that there are more than 31 crore domestic LPG consumers in the country including 9.6 crore PMUY beneficiary families and this reduction will be for all LPG consumers in the country. To clear pending PMUY applications and to provide deposit-free LPG connections to all eligible households, the Government will shortly start distribution of PMUY connections to 75 lakh women from poor households who do not have an LPG connection. This will increase the total number of beneficiaries under PMUY from 9.6 cr to 10.35 cr.
These decisions come as part of the Government’s ongoing efforts to ease the financial burden on citizens and promote the welfare of households, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas stated. It added that the reduction in cooking gas prices reflects the Government’s commitment to prioritize the well-being of its citizens and ensure access to essential commodities at reasonable rates.
The Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Hardeep Singh Puri, said, “We understand the challenges faced by households in managing their budgets. The reduction in cooking gas prices is aimed at providing direct relief to families and individuals, while also supporting the Government’s larger goal of ensuring affordable access to essential items.”
– global bihari bureau