Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Thursday sought clarifications on ceiling of six subsidised LPG cylinders at a meeting of the Union Cabinet,becoming the latest UPA ally to flag common man concerns on the governments recent decision.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked Petroleum Minister Jaipal Reddy to respond to the queries even as Pawar echoed feedback from the public,saying there was no clarity on what happens to people who have already used the quota of six subsidised cylinders now allowed in a year.
He also pointed that many housing societies,possibly referring to such setups in Mumbai,had common connections and wanted to know how the new rule would affect them.
Pawar sought to know if the government was taking any steps to check hoarding of LPG cylinders and their sale in the black market,since rationing of the subsidised cylinders was bound to create some scarcity. He found support from Cabinet colleague and Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh in this regard.
While Reddy is expected to respond formally to the concerns,government sources said families who have already used their quota of six subsidised cylinders before the announcement of the cap on September 13,will be allowed three more cylinders till March this year. However,if they have used only two,they will be allowed only four cylinders till March.
UPA managers,though,seemed unperturbed by the concerns raised by the NCP chief,saying there was nothing to worry about.
The NCP has been among the most steadfast of the allies in the UPA,backing the government fully on its recent decisions relating to reforms,particularly FDI in retail and opening of pension and insurance sectors.