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LPG Consumers to get Subsidy in Bank A/Cs from Today

New Delhi, Jan 01: The LPG consumers across the country will get the cash subsidy directly into their bank accounts from today under the Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) scheme, which has been renamed PAHAL or "Pratyaksh Hanstantarit Labh".

The domestic LPG consumers will get Rs 568 in the bank account after they get enrolled in the scheme so that they can buy the 14.2-kg cooking gas cylinder at the market price.

Currently, the cost of the subsidised LPG is Rs 417 per 14.2-kg cylinder while a market-priced refill costs Rs 752 in Delhi. The prices differ in other cities depending on local taxes.

The scheme, which was launched by the previous UPA government in June 2013, was stopped earlier this year following the court order. The scheme could not be accepted as it required UID number (Aadhaar) card for availing the cash subsidy. Later, the government modified the criteria to get the subsidy.

As per the new criteria, the consumers who wish to join the scheme will have to either link their UID number into their bank account and their LPG consumer number or they are required to link their bank account directly with the 17 digit LPG Id in case if they do not possess Aadhaar card number.

The scheme PAHAL was rolled out in 54 districts from November 15 and will extend to rest of the country from January 1. Under the scheme, LPG consumers will get cash subsidy to buy twelve 14.2-kg cylinders or 34 five-kg refills.

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