Lok Sabha

August 3, 2016

Kalyan Banerjee speaks during Zero Hour on the hike in prices of LPG and kerosene

Kalyan Banerjee speaks during Zero Hour on the hike in prices of LPG and kerosene

Madam, I stand today to speak on a very important issue – the repeated hike in the prices of domestic LPG and kerosene (PDS & non PDS). As a result of these hikes the general people and poor people are seriously affected.

Madam on 1st July, 2014, the average government subsidy on PDS kerosene was Rs 33.89 per liter which has come down nor Rs 11.49 per liter as on July, 2016. As a result madam kerosene price has been increased.

According to the petroleum planning analysis, subsidy of kerosene was dropped 52% from 2014 to 2015-16. Total subsidy of PDS kerosene was Rs 24799 crore during 2014-15. Now it has come down to Rs 11496 crore during 2015-2016.

Madam kerosene quota has been decreased. Our Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written several letters to the Prime Minister but no response is there. Madam, kitchen is literally on fire now.

And regarding the LPG consumers, as on 5 May, 2016 the total number of LPG consumers registered was 50.39 crore. Now the subsidy has been decreased. In 2014 it was Rs 40569 crore and now it has come down to Rs 16074 crore in 205-16.

Madam the Hon’ble Minister on 6 August, 2014 had given a reply that there was no proposal of the government to raise the price of LPG cooking gas and kerosene per month to but in effect it has been increased.

Do baras pehle jo vada kiya tha jo mann ki baat than, woh abhi kitchen mein nahi ghus raha hai. Woh mann ki baat chala gayi, uska koi kaam nahi hua.

Madam, through you I am just making request (demand) on behalf of 125 crore people of the country that they should increase the quota of the kerosene oil, the PDS quota, and they should decrease the prices of kerosene oil. They should also decrease the prices of LPG. Nothing will be achieved by making advertisements.

Build up India will not be achieved unless kitchen is built up and food comes to us. With this Madam, I am requesting the government to respond on this matter.