LPG cylinder price hiked for third time in a month; Congress slams government

Neha Singh

The price of LPG cylinder was hiked by Rs 25 per cylinder from Thursday. This is the third increase in rates this month and is applicable across all categories, including subsidised and non-subsidised users.

A 14.2-kg cylinder in Delhi now costs Rs 794 as against Rs 769, according to a price notification from state-owned fuel retailers.
On February 4, LPG prices were first increased by Rs 25 per cylinder and by Rs 50 on February 15. Since December, rates have cumulatively gone up by Rs 150 per cylinder.

LPG is available only at one rate, market price, across the country. The government, however, gives a small subsidy to select customers.

Leading the Congress charge against the government, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said price of a domestic gas cylinder had increased by Rs 200 in the last three months and petrol and diesel prices have moved "towards hitting diesel century".

"The pitch of the Modi government, which is batting for billionaire friends on both ends of the economy, is full of high prices and inflation for the common people," Priyanka Gandhi mentioned in a tweet.

Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate and party secretary (communication) Vineet Punia conducted a press conference sitting on an empty cylinder to register their protest.
Calling the Modi government "anti-poor" and "anti-people", Shrinate said, "The government lied about subsidy on LPG cylinder. The reality is that this government has made market and controlled prices the same. It is the difference between the market and controlled prices which is the subsidy. So, if you are paying Rs 794 as market price and the controlled price is Rs 500, you would have got 294 as subsidy.

But this government, because it has raised prices so often and so frequently, from December to now prices have gone up by Rs 200, the market and the controlled prices are almost the same so there is no subsidy," PTI quoted Shrinate as saying.

The Congress leader further said that the government wanted to burden the common man with fuel price bills whether it is petrol, diesel or gas.


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