On November 1, the price of commercial cooking gas was hiked by Rs 266 with immediate effect.
A 19 kg commercial liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder would now cost Rs 2000.50 in Delhi, thanks to the latest price hike.
Domestic cylinders, on the other hand, stay unchanged in price.
According to news agency ANI, the cylinders were previously priced at Rs 1,734 each in the national capital.
A commercial LPG cylinder costs Rs 1,950 in Mumbai right now. In Kolkata, a 19 kg cylinder costs Rs 2,073.50, whereas in Chennai, a 19 kg cylinder costs Rs 2,133.
LPG price increase
Domestic LPG cylinder rates were last increased by Rs 15 on October 6, bringing the total rise in rates since July to Rs 90 per 14.2-kg cylinder.
In Delhi and Mumbai, cooking gas costs Rs 899.50 a cylinder, while in Kolkata, it costs Rs 926.
Domestic homes who are entitled to 12 14.2-kg cylinders at subsidised rates, impoverished households who received free connections under the Ujjwala scheme, and industrial users pay this rate.
Discussion and meeting
In a related move, the Centre announced on October 27 that as part of its efforts to improve the financial viability of these outlets, it aims to allow the retail sale of small LPG cylinders as well as financial services through fair price stores.
Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey conducted a virtual meeting with state governments to tackle these challenges.
The conference was also attended by representatives from the ministries of electronics and information technology, finance, and petroleum and natural gas.
“My dear sisters of Uttar Pradesh, your each day is full of struggles. Understanding this, the Congress party has prepared a separate manifesto for women,” Vadra said in a tweet in Hindi.
“On the formation of the Congress party’s government, three LPG cylinders will be given for free to women annually and women will be able to travel for free in state government buses,” she said.
Priyanka Gandhi has also tagged a picture along with the tweet listing the Congress’ promises to the women if the party comes to power in the Uttar Pradesh.
The assurances also included an honorarium of Rs 10,000 per month to ASHA and Anganwadi workers, appointment of women to 40 per cent posts according to the provisions of reservation, giving pension of Rs 1,000 to old widows, and opening of 75 skill schools across the state that will be named after the brave women (veerangna) of Uttar Pradesh.
Congress created a women’s manifesto, promising free LPG cylinders and bus rides
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Congress national secretary, stated on Monday that her party has drafted a special manifesto for women for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, promising them free LPG cylinders and transportation on government buses if elected.
Priyanka Gandhi, the Congress’ Uttar Pradesh in-charge, stated last month that her party will award 40% of its tickets to women in the upcoming elections, claiming that the decision is intended at making women, who make up about half of the vote bank, a “full-fledged partner in power.”
The Congress faces a difficult task in strengthening its support base in Uttar Pradesh, and Priyanka Gandhi is focusing her electoral campaigning on women.
If her party forms a government in the state, the Congress national secretary declared last month that all class 12 pass females will be given a smartphone and all graduate girls will be given an electric scooter.