Consumers with a taxable income of more than Rs 10 lakh per annum will be stripped of the benefit of subsidy on LPG cylinders, the Centre said on Monday.
This would be applicable from January 2016 onwards and would be initially implemented on a self-declaration basis, according to a statement issued by the ministry of petroleum and natural gas.
This has been initiated as the government felt that consumers in the high income bracket should buy cylinders at market price. Of the 16.35 crore LPG consumers in the country, 57.5 lakh have voluntarily given up their subsidy as part of the ‘GiveitUp’ campaign, official statistics show.
The subsidy saved from the ‘GiveitUp’ campaign is being utilized for providing new connections to the BPL families under the ‘Giveback’ campaign.
This enables provision of LPG, a clean fuel, to poor households by replacing the conventional fuels such as kerosene, coal, fuel wood, cow dung, etc. relieving the poor of the hardships and health hazards from such fuels.