Saturday, 1 December 2012


New Delhi, 1st December. BJP Delhi Pradesh President Shri Vijender Gupta has demanded the Central Petroleum Minister that he should issue orders for the supply of 12 subsidized gad cylinders in a year to all the consumers so that the right of the people to get sufficient food may be respected. 

BJP is getting complaints from all over Delhi that the Gas agencies of the capital are black-marketing cooking gas cylinders. In black market one gas cylinder is being sold for Rs. 1400 at present. Larger families consume one gas cylinder only in 15 to 20 days. Supplying only 6 gas cylinders to such families would be injustice with them. The Government is framing food security schemes and says that the people have right to food. Hence, they should get food grains in sufficient quantity. But on the other hand quota has been fixed for the supply of cooking gas cylinders. Due to this people have been deprived of right to food. BJP has asked the Government why this contradictory step? 

He further told that since the Government decided to supply only six gas cylinders in a year there is complete chaos on the issue of supplying cooking gas in the country including Delhi. In absence of any categorical orders, the gas agencies are taking advantage of the situation. They are behaving in arbitrary manner in distributing gas cylinders. Those consumers of Delhi who have already received three gas cylinders are being supplied fourth cylinder at market price. The price of such gas cylinder is 895 rupees in the capital. The price of subsidized gas cylinder is only Rs. 412. 

Shri Gupta has also alleged that Delhi Government is discriminating even in the numbers of the poor in Delhi and said that Delhi Government has selected 6 lakh poor people for cash transfer under CST scheme. These families shall get cash subsidy of Rs. 600 per month. On the other hand, Delhi Government has selected only 3.56 lakh people under the Kerosene free scheme. Under this scheme only 68 thousand people have been enrolled for free gas cylinder supply. Shri Gupta has raised a question to the Government that if the Government has selected 6 lakh families for cash subsidy transfer then why only 68 thousand people have been enrolled under the kerosene free scheme? Both the schemes are for the poor people but why the numbers of the poor are different in these two schemes.

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