August 15 fixed as deadline for furnishing details

Cooking gas consumers in East Godavari district should have Aadhaar number and open an account with the bank on or before the Independence Day to avail the subsidy on LPG cylinder. In the event of failing to obtain any of these two before August 15, their domestic gas connection would be considered commercial one and the way to avail the subsidy being offered by the government is permanently closed for them.

Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), which had been launched by the Centre in the district, is being implemented for issuing pensions, scholarships and wages to MNREGS labourers. Now, a decision has been taken at the higher level to extend the DBT to the cooking gas cylinders and to deposit the subsidy amount directly into the bank account of the beneficiaries.

As of now, the LPG cylinder is priced at Rs.1,020 per refill and the government is offering a subsidy of Rs.600 per refill.

The cap is eight cylinders per annum for the domestic consumers and those who exceed the limit would have to buy the additional cylinders by paying the full amount. The process of collecting the details of Aadhaar number and the bank account number of the cooking gas consumers is already in progress and the seeding procedure is going on. The idea is to deposit the subsidy of Rs. 600 in advance into the accounts of the cooking gas consumers whose data seeding has been completed by May 15, immediately after the booking of the refill. During the delivery of the refill, the consumer has to pay a sum of Rs.1,020 to the delivery boy.

Once the gas agency, uploaded the data, a sum of Rs. 600 would be credited directly into the account of the consumer.“There will be an advance of Rs.600 in the bank account of the consumer. Whenever he buys a cylinder, the amount will be credited into the account,” A. Babu, Joint Collector, said.

Those, who failed to submit the Aadhaar and bank account details to the gas agency have been given time till August 15 to avail the subsidy. Of the 8.85 lakh LPG consumers in the district, DBT compliance has been completed for 2.11 lakh by the end of April and the process is going on. “More and more people are coming forward to open bank accounts. This scenario will help the banks too in the long run, as we are finding new customers,” says S. Jagannadha Raju, Lead District Manager.


  • The idea is to deposit the subsidy of Rs. 600 in advance into the accounts of the beneficiaries

  • Of the 8.85 lakh LPG consumers in the district, DBT compliance has been completed for 2.11 lakh