Union petroleum ministry received a request from the Ahmedabad based Consumer Education and Research Centre (CERC) to reconsider the decision to allow only one gas connection for one address.
In a letter to the ministry, the CERC argued that the rule could hit the joint family culture in India as it will impose an additional financial burden of purchasing cooking gas at premium rates for big families that will be unable to survive on the limited quota.
It may be noted that government has set a cap of nine cylinders for per gas connection per year. The centre questioned the recent ruling of the government that only one connection at the same address is eligible for the yearly nine LPG cylinders under the subsidised quota.
CERC requested the ministry to take the required corrective steps against the ‘one address-one connection’ rule and re-issue a fresh set of guidelines, keeping in view the joint family set-up in India.
CERC also suggested ways through which the government can verify the number of people staying in a house and accordingly allot the subsidised connection.
These methods include checking the municipal corporation bill, election card, telephone bill of the same address, which will help the authorities to avoid the misuse of this criterion.