Indian oil minister M. Veerappa Moily said on November 23, 2012, that the Indian government is now considering raising the cap on the supply of subsidized cooking gas and LPG cylinders for households. On September 13, 2012, the government had decided to restrict the supply of the 14.2 Kg domestic cylinders issued per year to households.
If there is any further requirement for cylinders beyond the allotted number, they have to be purchased as per market rates, which is more than double the subsidized price of Rs. 410.50 per cylinder in Delhi. Moily, in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha said, “Representations have been received to revise the annual cap, which are being looked into”.
Moily also said that any further cylinders above the six subsidized ones can be purchased for Rs. 895.50 per 14.2 Kg per bottle in Delhi. After the decision was taken, the government was seen fishing out consumers who have multiple connections . The government has also made a list of suspected customers who have multiple connections.
The oil minister also said that customers have been asked to submit a know-your-customer (KYC) form to LPG distributors, in order to prove their genuineness. About 10.84 lakh connections have been blocked so far and out of these connections 2.41 lakh have been surrendered.