Govt to appoint 10,000 new LPG distributors in 2016-17

March 14: As many as 10,000 new LPG distributors will be appointed across the country in 2016-17 while 2,000 of them will be appointed in the next three months, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said today.

Pradhan said in Lok Sabha that the new LPG distributorship will solve the problems of consumers, including reducing the waiting period.

The Minister said following an appeal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, more than 85 lakh consumers have given up their LPG subsidy and subsequently more than 50 lakh new LPG connections have been given to BPL families.

Till 2014-15, burden sharing was finalised every quarter taking into consideration the quantum of under recoveries incurred to oil marketing companies, he said.

During 2015-16, government has decided to provide a fixed fiscal subsidy of Rs 18 per kg under the Direct Benefit Transfer for domestic LPG during April-October 2015 and Rs 15 per kg for the period November 2015 onwards, he said.

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