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Now, according to Pradhan, "The government vide its order dated May 30, 2017, has again authorised OMCs to continue to increase the effective price of subsidised domestic LPG by ₹4 per cylinder effective June 1, 2017, per month (excluding VAT)".

In the last review OMCs had not changed the price of both ATF and non-Subsidised LPG.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Congress member K.C. Venugopal said the government is working on speedy elimination of subsidy on cooking gas which will affect the common people of the country.

The government's decision to raise the subsidised domestic LPG cylinder (cooking gas) by Rs4 each month to finally eliminate subsidies by March next year led to protests in Parliament on Tuesday with the opposition demanding a rollback of the decision.

"It was also decided that the price will be periodically revised based on increase in paying capacity as reflected in the rising per capita income", he added.

Though Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said he would allow a short duration debate, the opposition members rushed into the Well of the house, forcing an adjournment.

There are another 2.66 crore users of non-subsidised LPG. Opposition members sloganeered during the reply of Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in the house. However, that hike didn't seem to match up to the speed with which the Narendra Modi government - which had earlier asked citizens to voluntary give up their subsidies on cylinders - wants to scrap the "populist" policy. This is strongly condemnable.

The Central government has asked petroleum companies to stop offering any subsidy on domestic LPG cylinders by March next year.

"Subsidy won't be cut down, it will only be rationalised".

The government is of the view that the increase in prices will have minimal impact on LPG consumers as the overall inflation remains at a low level. "Government should withdraw (the decision)", CPM leader Sitaram Yechury said.


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