The LPG subsidy being borne by the oil marketing companies is Rs. 560 per cylinder and not Rs. 344 as mentioned in the online Transparency portals run by them, State LPG coordinator Madhukar Ingole said on Friday. The portal needs to be updated as the subsidy burden has increased to about Rs. 560, he said.
Mr. Ingole also clarified that the government will reimburse the subsidy of Rs. 500 once a customer updates his LPG account and bank account with his Aadhaar card number to enable him purchase the first gas cylinder.
A Payment Bridge Bank (PBB) is being appointed for this purpose and subsidies will be reimbursed without any delay, he said. Once a customer pays for the cylinder, the database of the dealer will be updated on the same day and the customer would receive a credit of the subsidy amount through PBB next day, he said.
The Aadhaar card is being linked to LPG to root out the practice of holding more than one gas connection by some people, Mr. Ingole said.
Mr. Ingole was responding to an article published in these pages on Friday.