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Centre enforces income norm for LPG subsidy

The government seems to have given up on the Give It Up Campaign for LPG cylinders and has begun debarring LPG users who earn more than Rs. 10 lakh a year from the subsidy, starting from their next refill.

“Since your income is above 10 lacs, LPG subsidy is not admissible as per govt directive. Pl submit a declaration to distributor if your income is below 10 lacs,” LPG distributors have started informing taxpayers through SMS.

Over the past week, thousands of taxpayers have received such SMSs from their distributors, pointing out their income status and the ineligibility for further subsidies.

“We gave a message for voluntary declaration of income of more than Rs. 10 lakh a year,” Ashutosh Jindal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, told The Hindu .

“In the meantime, we were able to identify around 3 lakh people with an income of more than Rs. 10 lakh.

“The Income Tax Department did this for us.

“So, we sent them SMSs that we have identified them and their subsidy will be removed.”

Begins debarring users who earn more than Rs. 10 lakh a year, starting from next refill