The Cabinet today agreed to raise the subsidised LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) cylinder quota from 9 to 12 per household per year starting from February 1
At a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the proposal was approved that ensures that almost 99 percent of the population gets subsidised cooking gas.
The decision comes after Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had asked the government last week to raise the cap on subsidised cylinders
Hiking subsidised LPG quota will cost Rs 5,000 crore more in subsidy, said Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily
The Cabinet has put on hold Aadhaar-linked transfer of LPG subsidy to bank accounts, added Moily
LPG had been fixed to 6 cylinder per household in 2012, which was later raised to 9 last year.