Hyderabad, Oct 25: YSR Congress Party today demanded the state Government to extend the supply of nine subsidised cooking gas cylinders to all domestic consumers as being implemented in Congress ruled states.
Talking to reporters here, Party spokesperson Ambati Rambabu described as unfortunate the Government's decision to limit the supply nine cylinders of subsidised cooking gas to LPG consumers of Deepam scheme. Mr Rambabu said while there were 1.6 crore LPG consumers in the state, only 40 lakh consumers got the connection through Deepam scheme and the rest belonged to the middle, lower middle class and rich groups. He said Deepam scheme consumers of LPG use only five to six cylinders in a year while the rest of LPG consumers use 15 to 20 cylinders.
'This means that Government doesn't want to provide the three extra cylinders at subsidised rates to those who required them and provide them to those who do not want,' he said sarcastically, adding the Government's decision is very unfortunate. Recalling the Congress President Sonia Gandhi's assurance that nine cylinders of subsidised cooking gas would be supplied in all Congress ruled states, Mr Rambabu observed that Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy had thrown to the winds the assurance of even his party president. "Delhi and Kerala governments have announced supply of nine cylinders at subsidized rates and we demand the Government to implement the same here too," he said.
Taking objection to the Civil Supplies Minister D Sridhar Babu's announcement that even the social welfare hostels also would be supplied only six gas cylinders at subsidized rates, he said the Government's decision was questionable as 70 per cent of the SC, ST and BC students were staying in hostels. "Govrnment is only paying Rs.17.50 per student towards mess charges and the decision of the Government to limit the supply of subsidized gas cylinders to six would ruin their lives. The Government must supply the required number of cylinders of the cooking gas at subsidized rates to the hostels to keep them running without posing a burden on the students," he demanded.