Statesman News Service
Kolkata, 11 November
The state government has asked oil companies to provide subsidy for LPG cylinders against Aadhaar numbers of beneficiaries as opposed to physical Aadhaar cards. This is in view of the fact that although applicants receive Aadhaar number at the time of enrolment, physical cards take a long time to get delivered.
Till now, only 46 per cent of the state ‘s population has either received Aadhaar cards or numbers, but a break-up of how many have received numbers but not cards is not available.
Earlier, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said Aadhaar must not be made mandatory for availing LPG subsidy, arguing that only 15 to 20 per cent of the state’s population had received the card till now.
The government’s move will help it go ahead with the process of linking LPG subsidy with Aadhaar.
District magistrates have been asked to take up a special drive during November and December to ensure that Aadhaar numbers are provided to all LPG consumers. Oil companies will submit district-wise details of their customers to district information officers to help this effort. State chief secretary Sanjay Mitra today held a meeting with representatives of oil companies and officials of the state home department at Nabanna to iron out any problems in the scheme.
According to the Centre&’s directive, the market price of cooking gas is around Rs 950-1,000 per cylinder. Households are entitled to nine discounted cylinders a year at Rs 450 each.