It is not mandatory for those seeking a new cooking gas connection to produce family (ration) card, according to public sector oil marketing companies.
This clarification, coming as part of an official release from New Delhi, is expected to put at rest doubts prevailing among households on whether the card was required for obtaining a new liquefied petroleum gas connection.
Apart from the lack of awareness, the alleged insistence of LPG distributors on family card complicates matters for such customers anxious to access the heavily subsidised cylinders.
The release, issued on Wednesday, pertained to a written reply of Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in Rajya Sabha about the documents needed for getting a new LPG connection. New customers have to furnish, to the cooking gas agency, valid proof of identity and valid proof of address.
A one page know your customer (KYC) form and a standard declaration that he/she is not having any domestic LPG connection are also to be submitted.