Hit by price hike for exempted consumers,Sassoon to write to govt

In the wake of an increase in the cost of cylinders under the exempted category,Sassoon General Hospital,which needs around 25 LPG cylinders in a month,is planning to write to the government.

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Published: October 7, 2012 4:50 am

In the wake of an increase in the cost of cylinders under the exempted category,Sassoon General Hospital,which needs around 25 LPG cylinders in a month,is planning to write to the government. Other government hospitals and charitable institutions too will have to bear the burden after the price hike.

Medical superintendent Dr B G Kulkarni said since they provide breakfast as well as meals twice to the patients,there is bound to be more usage of LPG cylinders. “The goverment had put us under the exempted category but now we have been told to pay such a huge amount,’’ said Kulkarni.

According to the rates declared by oil companies for October,a 14.2-kg cylinder for exempted category within PMC limits will cost Rs 1,165 while it will be Rs 1,133 on the outskirts.

LPG Dealers’ Federation in-charge (Maharashtra) Usha Poonawalla said the price rise for the exempted category is huge. “The earlier price for a cylinder was Rs 421 and after the removal of subsidy,it is definitely going to create a dent in the organisation’s budget,’’ she said. The new rates bring about a difference of nearly Rs 744 for charitable organisations as well as for government hospitals.

Government insitutions have to make special budgetary allocations for their operations. A government organisation at Yerawada said they would have to redraft their budget because of the price rise. Even government-run homes which cater to children will receive a big blow. “Almost all these homes have more than 50 children and staff. It will get difficult to manage within the same budget as as the organisation requires at least 15-20 cylinders a month as we have to cook meals thrice a day,’’ said a government official.

Charitable insitutions too will have to bear the brunt. Deputy director Muktangan de-addiction centre Mukta Puntambekar said they took all precautions ahead of the LPG price hike. “We came un der the exempted category but we were forced to opt for the commercial cylinder which weighs 19 kg and the exempted category cylinders cost as much. It’s been 3-4 months that we have been using commercial cylinders as we have to cook meals thrice a day for nearly 150 inmates at the centre,’’ said Puntambekar. She adds that after opting for commercial cylinders,the delivery was faster. They approximately used two domestic cylinders a day earlier.

Hostels for special children too state that the hike has been uncalled for. “We have to cater to students’ meals. The government should have not increased the rates under the exempted category,’’ said an official who works with a hostel for special children. He said there are several such homes and unless the government increases the budget it will be an unnecessary burden on their budgetary allocation.

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