New Delhi, Jan 10: In a way of economic reforms, Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is making personal calls to one VIP on daily basis and requests him/her to give up buying subsidised LPG.
Pradhan, who has surrendered his subsidised LPG connection after he was sworn-in as the minister, asked the VIPs to give up the subsidised cylinders, to ensure it reaches to only needy people of India.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has given up subsidised LPG and today Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi also voluntarily did the same. Power Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted that he too has given up subsidised LPG.
"I am of the belief that the rich and affluent people who can afford to buy market price LPG, should voluntarily give up subsidised connection," Pradhan said.
"I am personally calling up one VIP every day to request them to surrender subsidised LPG. Today, I called up Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to urge him to do the same," he said.
The consumers are currently entitled to have 12 14.2-kg cylinders or 34 five-kg bottles in a year at subsidised rates. While a subsidised 14.2-kg cylinder is currently available at Rs. 417 per bottle in Delhi and the 5-kg pack costs Rs. 155.
The non-subsidised LPG is available at Rs. 708.50 per 14.2-kg cylinder and Rs. 351 per 5-kg bottle.