LPG subsidy be only on basis of affidavits rather than expecting voluntary surrender

Kashmir Times. Dated: 2/14/2020 1:30:52 AM

Dear Editor,
It refers to criticism on steep hike in price of LPG cylinder-gas at rupees 150 per non-subsidised cylinder. Price-hike was necessary because of global price-rise. However price-rise could and should have been somewhat lower with some practical steps.
Subsidy for LPG for families having combined income of rupees ten lakhs per annum instead of being expected to voluntarily surrender subsidy, should rather be required to file affidavits about family-income. This will drastically reduce LPG subsidy-burden on the exchequer because those not having voluntarily surrendered subsidy will then avoid filing wrong affidavits to get subsidy. Net payable price including of all central and local taxes should be rounded in multiples of rupees ten or fifty, because delivery-persons never return balance-money. System will further reduce financial-burden on the exchequer because of LPG subsidy. At least LPG, if not petrol and diesel, can be brought under GST network for uniformity of prices throughout the country. New-look translucent LPG cylinders made of fibre-glass ensuring tamperproof full-load supply of LPG gas per cylinders should replace old iron-cylinders with iron-cylinders discontinued to be manufactured in future.
—Madhu Agrawal, 1775 Kucha Lattushah, Delhi.



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