The Telegraph
Monday , December 10 , 2012
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Queue up for LPG

Do you think the government has been organised in laying down the new system that will give people six “subsidized” cylinders a year? Besides, long queues in front of gas agencies are a common sight these days. What do you think the government should have done to avoid these queues?

The petroleum ministry’s decision to restrict the supply of cooking gas to six (per connection) at a subsidised rate would definitely create problems for the middle and lower middle class consumers. To add to their woes, no dual connection will be provided to a single household.

There are long queues in front of gas agencies, as both old and new consumers have to submit the Know Your Consumer (KYC) document to their respective agencies. However, I feel the process should have been made online, enabling consumers to opt for submission of the document from their homes rather than standing in a queue for hours.

Sapna Chakraborty, retired teacher

The government’s six-cylinder norm for LPG gas supply is a move the common man will never support. Let alone the six cylinders, sometimes even 12 cylinders are not enough for a household in a year. LPG is an essential commodity. Therefore, such restrictions or cap on subsidised cylinders is not acceptable.

I hope the state government takes steps in the interest of consumers.

The long queues for customer verification could have been avoided had the process been made online. Then the respective agencies could have sent people to the consumers’ doorstep to conduct the verification.

Parul Das, employee of Gauhati University’s UGC branch

According to the new norm, consumers will get six cylinders a year at subsidised rates beyond which they will be charged Rs 986 for every extra cylinder.

The Centre’s cap on subsidised cylinders is an appreciable move and I extend my full support to it. This is because I believe the restriction will, to a great extent, curb black marketing of LPG.

Of late, consumers have had to stand in long queues in front of gas agencies to submit their verification documents. I feel there should have been centres or cells to make this process hassle-free for consumers.

Sunita Agarwal, entrepreneur