During FY22, about 2.11 billion domestic Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) consumers did not have their refills. This is about 7 percent of the total number of consumers of 30.53 crore (as on April 1, 2022), Parliament was informed on Thursday.
The total number of domestic LPG consumers in the country was 30.95 crore as on July 1 this year.
“During FY22, 2.11 crore domestic customers did not top up. “Household consumption of LPG depends on factors like food habits, family size, cooking habits, price, availability of free firewood and cow dung etc. asked Lok Sabha.
Domestic LPG prices are based on the Saudi Arabian Contract Price (CP), the benchmark for international LPG prices, and the government continues to modulate the effective consumer price for domestic LPG. However, Piped Natural Gas (PNG) prices are fixed by the City Gas Distribution (CGD) organizations, he added.
In a separate question in the Lok Sabha, the minister said that the total domestic consumption of LPG in FY22 was Rs 140.93 crore. Similarly, during FY21, FY20 and FY19, the total additions were Rs.156.76 crore, Rs.143.92 crore and Rs.132.63 crore respectively.
The per capita consumption of PMUY beneficiaries also increased from 3.01 in FY20 to 3.66 in FY22, he said.
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was launched in 2016 to provide deposit-free LPG connections to women from poor families and the target of providing 8 million LPG connections under the program was achieved in 2019.
PMUY Phase II
Also, under PMUY Phase II (Ujjwala 2.0), in addition to free LPG connections, all PMUY beneficiaries are provided with free first filling and stove.
As of July 1, 2022, Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have released 1.35 crore LPG connections under Ujjwala 2.0. In addition, the government has announced a targeted subsidy of ₹200 per 14.2 kg cylinder for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) beneficiaries for 12 fillings per year for 2022-23.
July 28, 2022