August 1, 2017
Sudip Bandyopadhyay makes an intervention about the removal of subsidy on LPG cylinders
Madam, the prices of subsidised cooking gas cylinders will be increased by Rs 4 every month and all subsidies will be eliminated by March, 2018.
Madam, since May, 2017, oil companies have raised gas rates twice, the highest being Rs 32 per cylinder, which is the highest in the last six years. Already the impact of GST has caused a price hike.
It is to be noted that there are 18.11 crore people consuming subsidised LPGs and out of which 2.5 crore are poor women who are given free gas connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. With the gradual abolition of subsidy, what will be their fate? The ever-increasing prices of essentials are causing difficulties to the common people of the country.
We protest against this initiative of the Government which is anti-people, and therefore, should be immediately withdrawn. We are making this appeal before the House.