Bringing forth a significant reprieve for consumers in anticipation of the forthcoming festive season, the Union Cabinet unveiled a momentous announcement on August 29. This declaration encompasses a price reduction in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) meant for domestic use, benefiting the expansive populace of 33 crore consumers.
Ujjwala beneficiaries to an enhanced sum of Rs 400 per LPG cylinder.
In a gesture akin to a Rakshabandhan and Onam gift, Union Minister Anurag Thakur, during a comprehensive Cabinet briefing, disclosed a noteworthy deduction in the cost of LPG cylinders under the Ujjwala Scheme. Each cylinder’s price was scaled down by an impressive Rs 200, magnifying the subsidy for Ujjwala beneficiaries to an enhanced sum of Rs 400 per LPG cylinder.
सिलेण्डर सस्ता हुआ फिर एक बार,
राखी पर बहनों को मोदी सरकार का उपहार।
*देश के सभी उपभोक्ताओं के लिए गैस सिलेण्डर ₹ 200 सस्ता* pic.twitter.com/JJ0lOLw6de
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) August 29, 2023
Thakur elucidated, “All domestic consumers of LPG cylinders are now entitled to a subsidy of Rs 200 per cylinder. Additionally, beneficiaries under the PM Ujjwala scheme will receive this supplementary subsidy atop the existing benefits.”
Effective immediately, the supplementary subsidy allocated to LPG cylinders will be operational, Thakur emphasized.
Furthermore, the government achieved consensus on the allocation of an additional 75 lakh Ujjwala connections, effectively elevating the total count of PM Ujjwala beneficiaries to a commendable 10.35 crore. Thakur accentuated, “The financial implications of the supplemental Rs 200 subsidy per LPG cylinder for the fiscal year 2023-24 will amount to Rs 7,680 crores.”
This stride by the Union Cabinet underscores a laudable endeavor to alleviate the financial burden on households while bolstering the reach of the Ujjwala Scheme to an even broader spectrum of beneficiaries.
Addressing speculation about the connection between the reduction in LPG prices and the upcoming elections, Thakur remarked, “If we were considering that aspect (state elections), we would have implemented the additional subsidy on LPG cylinders much earlier. However, even during that period, we were guided by global circumstances—observing the surge in Saudi CP (contract prices), which skyrocketed by 303 percent starting from April 2022. Despite these challenges, we eased the burden on beneficiaries, limiting the price hike to only 63 percent. The remaining escalation was absorbed by the Government of India during that timeframe. Therefore, today’s decision is wholly independent of any electoral considerations. It primarily stems from our commitment to alleviating financial stress and extending benefits to the 33 crore users.”
Furthermore, the Cabinet has sanctioned the distribution of 7.5 million fresh gas connections as part of the Ujjwala scheme.
As of now, the cost of household LPG, primarily employed for culinary needs, stands at Rs 1,103 per 14.2-kg cylinder in New Delhi. The most recent modification to the domestic LPG tariff occurred on March 1, signifying a surge of Rs 50 per cylinder.