| Taste of relief
The homemakers in the city on Thursday hailed the Centre’s decision to raise the cap on subsidised LPG to nine cylinders per household from six.
Heaving a sigh of relief, most homemakers said they would not have to turn down their children’s demand for special dishes anymore. Some among them decided to celebrate the day cooking delicacies loved by their family members.
A few were partially happy. They wished the Centre raised the cap on cylinders to 12.
Majority of the homemakers were in a joyous mood, though. From greatest critics of the Centre, they turned into its admirers because the move paved the way for nine LPG cylinders in a financial year from April 1.
Visibly happy, Rajendra Nagar resident Kavita Kumari said: “The expenses increased manifold over the past few years because of inflation. When the Centre decided last September to provide only six subsidised cylinders a year, I was crestfallen. I criticised the move like any other housewife and started cutting down on the number of dishes to save expenses on fuel. The Centre’s decision to raise the cap on cheap gas cylinders has come as a relief to me.”
Kavita’s sister-in-law Anita Rai said: “It was very difficult to cut down on the favourite dishes of children and other family members to reduce the consumption of gas. I refused to cook delicious dishes on several occasions just to save expenses on LPG. But now I am relaxed. I won’t have to turn down the requests for special dishes again.”
Boring Road resident Krishna Mandal (40) said: “I had been mostly using induction heater for cooking over the past few months. In case I had to cook on gas oven, I used pressure cooker instead of frying pan to save fuel. I had also changed the breakfast menu of my family. We were mostly having daliya, bread and butter and other easy-to-cook stuff so that we could save gas. But now that we will get few more subsidised cylinders, I can go back to our earlier menu. I am planning to cook mutton tonight as a part of the celebration.”
Krishna’s sister-in-law Ragini Mandal expected a little more relief from the Centre, though. “It would have been better if the Centre had increased the number of subsidised cylinders to 12 because most of us require an LPG bottle every month,” she said.
LPG dealer Ajay Kumar was non-committal on the number of subsidised cylinders consumers would get in the last two quarters of this fiscal after the Centre’s decision to raise the cap on cheap LPG bottles to nine. He told The Telegraph: “I shall be able to tell you about the number of subsidised cylinders a consumer would get only after getting an official communication on the Centre’s decision.”