Delhi gets rid of Kerosene.
The government of Delhi on June 17, 2014 announced that the Indian national capital has become the first kerosene-free city in the country. The announcement was made by SS Yadav – the Commissioner of Food Supply and Weights and Measures.
Yadav said, “With the successful implementation of ‘Delhi: A Kerosene-Free City Scheme, 2012’, no subsidised kerosene is being issued in the national capital and the country can save upto Rs 200 crores every year.”
The scheme was launched in 2012 in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Oil marketing companies in the country. The government of Delhi has spent Rs. 62 crores for the scheme.
Earlier, Delhi was getting about 53,000 kilolitres of kerosene oil every year sanctioned by the Centre which households in Delhi then received at a subsidized rate. Yadav added that at the present rate of the oil, it could have cost the government about Rs. 200 crores in a year as subsidy.
About 3.56 lakh ration card holders could benefit from the scheme, but the families which already had a LPG Connection could not be eligible under the scheme. Yadav added that the department received 2,14,149 applications for free gas connections under the scheme out of which 20,732 were rejected.
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