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State Govt undecided on raising LPG cap

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By Our Reporter

SHILLONG: The Congress-led MUA Government in Meghalaya is examining the directive from the Congress high command to raise the cap on supply of subsidized LPG cylinders from six to nine.

An official said on Thursday that though no decision had been taken, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma recently sought data from the civil supplies department to assess the matter.

Several Congress-ruled states including Delhi, Haryana and neighbouring Assam have already raised the cap from six to nine.

This follows directions from the Congress President Sonia Gandhi asking party-ruled States to raise the cap on LPG cylinders from six to nine, following widespread protests in the country.

“The Government is examining how to go about with the directive and the Chief Minister has gathered data from the concerned department,” the official added.

At present there are over 90,000 LPG users in the State and the number will come around 1.20 lakh after the clearance of the pending applications.

The Government is weighing all the pros and cons of supplying three more subsidized LPG cylinders as the financial involvement will be in terms of crores of rupees, sources added While the price of a subsidized cylinder is Rs 435, the cost of a non-subsidized LPG cylinder is Rs 959.50.

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