The price hike in the domestic cooking gas cylinder by Rs 50 on Saturday has put extra pressure on the pockets of commoners. This is the second increase that has occurred in the span of two months. With the rise in price, a 14.2-kg LPG cylinder will be available for Rs 999.50 in Delhi.
Last week, the rate of the 19-kg commercial LPG cylinder was increased by Rs102.50. It will now be available for Rs. 2,355.50. Its previous price was Rs. 2,253. However, the 5-kg LPG cylinder will cost Rs 655.
Earlier in April, gas piped to household kitchens, called piped natural gas (PNG), was also increased by 4.25 per unit to cost 45.86 per scm on the back of a surge in raw material costs.
Last time the hike in domestic LPG cylinders came into force on March 22, it was Rs 50 per cylinder. In the month of April, the price remained intact. The price hike on a regular basis has made life difficult. The income of the people has not been increasing at the same rate.
Recently, on May 1, oil marketing companies organised more than 5,000 LPG panchayats on the occasion of Ujjwala Diwas, where apart from experience sharing, aimed at safe and sustained usage of LPG, all efforts were made to maximise customer enrolment.
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) is a step toward social inclusion by providing a free LPG connection to every BPL household. The scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 1, 2016 at Ballia, Uttar Pradesh.
Prices for LPG are variable. It depends on the local taxes, such as VAT in different states.
The latest hike comes at a time when people are struggling to cope with soaring prices of essential commodities. The skyrocketing prices of petrol and diesel have already created a ruckus in the lives of ordinary men.