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Aadhaar card not required for subsidized Gas cylinders


February 21, 2014 - New Delhi

Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas M Veerappa Moily said on Friday that people without an Aadhaar number would also be able to buy subsidized cooking gas. He said that the Government had decided to suspend the scheme for direct benefit transfer for LPG (BDTL).

Moily said that a clarification would be issued in a week. He also said that the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs has decided to done away with DBTL scheme till a panel reviewed its implementation. It also decided to lift the cap from nine to 12 cylinders.

The Union Minister said that this decision will provide relief to consumers who do not have either the Aadhaar number or a bank account and in view of the problems in the DBT programme in relation to Bank that have been given Rs.435 a cylinder as subsidy. This is not enough as the subsidized price of one 14.2 kg cylinder has increased to Rs.700, said Moily. He said that after the commencement of duplication exercise to eliminate multiple LPG connections in June 2012, over 3.25 lakh connections had been surrendered by piped natural gas user till December last and over one lakh connections had been terminated during the Know your Customers' drive on January 2014.

It may be recalled here that the Supreme Court of India passed in September 2013 a verdict in response to a PIL the UID/Aadhaar scheme said that it is completely voluntary and not necessary to avail government services. The court said that it is not mandatory to avail essential services from the Government.

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