Drive to weed out multiple LPG connections at the same address

In a bid to weed out duplicate, ghost and multiple connections, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry has decided to extend the deadline for filling up the Know Your Customer (KYC) forms by LPG consumers to November 15 to enable genuine consumers to avail of the offer.

All the three state-owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) – Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited had asked the domestic LPG distributors to collect and verify duly filled KYC forms from the consumers by October 31. The deadline was extended since a large number of the consumers are yet to complete the formalities.

The drive to weed out multiple LPG connections at the same address follows the government’s decision in the previous month to cap the supply of subsidised LPG to six cylinders per household in a year. The OMCs are implementing the policy of ‘one household, one connection’ and have asked consumers to voluntarily give up additional connections.

Multiple connections in the same name and address as well as ‘husband and wife’ connections at the same address face summary disconnection. In case of multiple connections at the same address under different names, distributors have been asked to collect KYC forms to verify genuine users.

Consumers in the KYC form have to provide necessary details like their name, date of birth, names of their parents and spouse, complete address with pin-code and optional information about bank details. They have to submit self-attested photocopies of their address and ID proof, along with the filled-in form. Transfer of LPG connection to family members during lifetime would be permitted, subject to certain conditions.

Also, transfer of connections to the legal heir in case of the consumer’s death would henceforth be done through a self-declaration by the next of kin and death certificate. Previously, a legal heir/succession certificate was required. All consumers are eligible for three subsidised domestic cylinders during the remaining part of the current year ending March 31, 2013. New subsidised connections will be issued after completion of the KYC formalities and multiple connection check.