New Delhi, Oct.11 (ANI): Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Thursday reportedly said at a Cabinet meeting that there is need for clarity on the distribution of subsidised LPG cylinders, especially in the case of people who had already exhausted their designated quota of six cylinders in a year.
Though the LPG issue was not part of the official agenda; Pawar brought it up as soon as the Cabinet meeting had ended.
According to sources in the cabinet, ministers rarely speak out at Cabinet meetings, and that Pawar did so on Thursday, was a departure from the norm.
It is believed that he asked what is the government doing to check the hoarding of LPG cylinders and their sale in the black market.
The Prime Minister has reportedly asked Petroleum Minister S.Jaipal Reddy to look into the issues raised by Pawar.
The government says people who had already used six LPG cylinders at subsidized rates before it announced the cap on September 13, will not be penalized, and they will be allowed three more cylinders till March this year. But if they had used only two, they would be allowed four more till March.
In Delhi, a subsidised LPG cylinder costs Rs. 410.42. A non-subsidised cylinder costs Rs. 921.50.(ANI)