Jamshedpur, March 21: If you want to continue getting subsidy on your LPG cylinder then you must get your connection linked to Aadhar card.
If a person doesn’t have an Aadhar card he/she won’t get subsidy in gas cylinder. To avail the subsidy, a consumer will first have to link his/ her Aadhar card number to their bank account and subsequently submit a xerox of the same to the respective gas agency, who will link it with their log in.
Earlier, only the bank account number provided to the gas agency was enough to avail subsidy, but now the government has changed the criterion which has made the consumers suffer.
The consumers are now doing rounds of the banks after the scheme of directly linking from the gas agency was withdrawn. The subsidy can be closed down from next month; this was decided during a meeting of the gas agency owners recently.
They want to implement the rule strictly. Earlier, the gas agencies were providing direct linking facility to the consumers but with the new rule in place the facility has been stopped.
An owner of a gas agency informed that the consumers who have not submitted the Aadhar might not get subsidy in gas cylinders from next month onwards. The consumers who have directly linked by giving bank account number to the gas agency should submit Aadhar card xerox to the bank and gas agency.
Significantly, consumers are currently getting 12 subsidized cylinders in a year and the cycle starts from April 1 to March 31.
“Departmental level meeting of gas agency owners was held and it was decided that we should motivate the consumers to make Aadhar mandatory and also appeal the rich to quit gas subsidy. If the rich people leave subsidy then several poor people can light a flame in their kitchen,” said Tarachand Agarwal, spokesperson, Rasoi Gas Association.
It may be noted that there are around 2.75 lakh LPG cooking gas consumers in Jamshedpur of which more than 18,000 have left the subsidy. Agency owners said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed the rich to give up the subsidy to help the poor.
Those who have left the subsidy in Jamshedpur include senior administrative officials, gas agency owners, senior government officers and senior level officers of private companies.
According to sources at the gas agency, more than 40,000 consumers have not deposited their Aadhar cards yet.