With the government calling for different rates for subsidised and non-subsidised cylinders,the oil companies have issued new rates for October which will see customers paying Rs 908 for a non-subsidised cylinder,nearly Rs 487 more from the subsidised rate of Rs 421.50.
The rates have been increased for the exempted category as well as for commercial and industrial use. Maharashtra region head for LPG dealers Usha Poonawalla said that the new rates are given on a monthly basis by the oil companies and they have asked the agencies to implement the new rates.
On Saturday,government again increased the LPG price by Rs 11.42. However,Poonawalla said they have received no intimation on this. The price stays Rs 908 as of now.
With half the year gone,customers can claim only for three subsidised cylinders till March 2013,while they would have to pay non-subsidised rates from the fourth cylinder onwards, she said.
Earlier,the federation had called for a non-home delivery which they withdrew after talks with the Petroleum Ministry. Gas dealers have been asked to maintain details of all the customers. Its a huge task but we have already been told by the oil companies to maintain the list, she said.
The federation had an issue with the multiple rate policy as well as dual pricing,inadequate commission,ineffective cylinder seal,VIP demands and inadequate fool proof system.
However,dealers say the meeting with the ministry has entailed positive results. The dealers had demanded for an increase in commission for the agency. They said the existing Rs 25.83 was below par.