Providing Relief to Consumers, Central Cabinet Reduces LPG Cylinder Price by ₹200 for Women Ahead of Raksha Bandhan

LPG Cylinder Price

LPG Cylinder Price Decrease to Lighten Household Costs

In a move aimed at providing relief to consumers, the Central Cabinet announced a reduction of ₹200 in the price of a 14.2-kilogram LPG cooking gas cylinder for women as a gift ahead of Raksha Bandhan. This step comes as the government faces increasing criticism over rising inflation.

Central Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur, stated, “On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan and Onam, the government has decided to lower the price of domestic cylinders by ₹200.” He emphasized that this action is a moving illustration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s compassion for the country’s female population.

The price cut also benefits beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), a scheme that aims to provide clean cooking fuel to households.

Currently, in the national capital, the price of a 14.2-kilogram LPG cylinder is ₹1,103. After the reduction, it will be priced at ₹903 starting Wednesday.

For PMUY beneficiaries, the price will be ₹703. In March, the government had increased the subsidy on per LPG cylinder under the PMUY by ₹200.

Thakur announced, “The government will also provide 75 lakh new LPG connections for free under the Ujjwala Yojana.” Currently, there are around 9.6 crore beneficiaries under the scheme.

After two price hikes in May, followed by a ₹50 increase in July by oil marketing companies, the price of domestic LPG cylinders had risen.

The subsidy for PMUY beneficiaries was initiated last year in May, amidst global energy price hikes, as the government had announced various relief measures.

Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival that celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters, and Onam is a harvest festival celebrated in the Indian state of Kerala. The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) is a social welfare program aimed at providing free LPG connections to women from below-poverty-line households.

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