The Ministry of Petroleum should withdraw its order stating that high rises with pipeline connections will be entitled to only six subsidised LPG cylinders, P. Rajeev, MP, has said.

In a memorandum submitted to Jaipal Reddy, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Mr. Rajeev said that the government decision will affect lakhs of households in the State. He said that majority of the flats had a centralised gas supply system. The move to consider it as a single unit was not practical, he said.

Mr. Rajeev also urged the Minister to review the decision to withdraw subsidy for cooking gas used for preparing mid-day meal and LPG cylinders used in post-metric hostels in the State. Schools rely on LPG cylinders for preparing the meals and the decision to withdraw the subsidy will derail the mid-day meal scheme, he said.

Protest against shortage

Workers associated with the Kerala Petroleum and Gas Workers’ Federation will lay siege to the office of the Indian Oil Corporation at Panampilly Nagar on Wednesday against the policies of the company.

Federation leaders held the petroleum companies and the government responsible for the acute shortage of cooking gas in the State. The steep hike in gas price and the artificial shortage created by some traders were causing hardship to the commoners in the State, said T. Raghuvaran, general secretary.

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