Protesting the Centre’s decision to link LPG subsidy with Aadhar cards, which they claim has led to a host of problems, members of the Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU) on Tuesday gheraoed the house of Union Minister Manish Tewari.
The members said consumers have been harassed due to the decision and want the central government to revert to the previous method of cylinder distribution. The Centre had indicated that domestic cooking gas consumers, who have not linked their Aadhaar numbers to their gas connection numbers and bank accounts may not be eligible for subsidised cylinders.
As per information at the District Food Supplies Controller’s (DFSC) office, of the 35 lakh people of Ludhiana, 31 lakh have already got their Aadhar cards made while the department had begun camps at 60 different places to enrol the remaining four lakh people. Majority of them, however, are not even aware of the camps as the department has failed to inform the general public about them.
In addition to this, of the 31 lakh consumers, a number of them have not got their Aadhar cards linked with their bank accounts while many others are still waiting for their card copies.
“Everyone is not computer literate and one cannot get an e-aadhar copy. Hence they have to pay heavy amounts for cooking gas while a number of the consumers are complaining that their UID stands cancelled at the website and they have been told to get another Aadhar card made. This is a complete hassle for the masses as without the Aadhar card number linkage with bank account, subsidy cannot be availed. The consumers thus have to shell out Rs 1,310 for an LPG cylinder which is completely out of the common man’s,” said CITU leader Navdeep Jodhan.
Added Tarsem Jodhan, another leader at the dharna: “Thousands have not yet been given their Aadhar card, though they got them made 6-8 months back while a number of them are saying that their card linkage with bank account is not being accepted.”
DFSC Sona Thind, however, said efforts were on to get the remaining four lakh under the Aadhar ambit. “For the remaining 4 lakh people in Ludhiana, we have installed 60 machines,” she said.
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60% city LPG users to suffer
Ludhiana: While 31 lakh Aadhar cards have been made, the actual LPG consumers in Ludhiana city are 9,55,114 of whom only 5,19,863 (54 per cent) have submitted their Aadhar card details with gas agencies. Of them only 3,81,000 ( 40 percent ) have further submitted details with their bank accounts. This in effect means that 60 per cent of the city LPG consumers will not be eligible for subsidised LPG cylinders. (ENS)