A day after the government announced the launch of the direct cash transfer scheme from June 1 in 20 districts, oil marketing companies (OMCs) Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) have said supply of LPG cylinders to households having multiple connections for which no Know Your Customer (KYC) details have been received would be stopped from that day.
This follows a directive from the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry to the oil companies. No transactions, including delivery of non-subsidised cylinders, would be permitted in such cases once such connections were blocked, a statement from IOC northern region said.
Officials said customer data had been shared among IOC, HPCL and BPCL and all multiple connection holders identified and intimated. A list of such customers was also displayed at respective LPG distributorships and published on the websites of the oil companies (www.indane.co.in, www.ebharatgas.com and www.hpgas.com).
Only these customers need to submit KYC details along with proof of identity and proof of address immediately to their distributors so as to receive their quota of subsidised cylinders uninterrupted. Others whose names do not appear in the list need not submit KYC details.
The oil companies have advised all those with multiple connections to submit KYC details, pertaining to the connection they wish to retain, immediately to their distributors. Such customers were being advised to surrender their other LPG connections immediately to their distributors to avoid blocking of further supplies. These customers would not be entitled to refills till such time they completed the KYC formalities.
Though the deadline for submission of KYC details was December 31, 2012, KYCs were being accepted and connections being regularised for supply of subsidised cylinders till date, the statement said.
The nation has some 14 crore LPG consumers. Of this, 2.5 crore are suspected to be duplicate or consumers holding more than one connection at the same address. Of these, 63 lakh connections have been blocked as there was no response from the owners in the past one year to requests for completing the KYC formalities.