Despite the hue and cry in the country over the surging fuel prices, the oil marketing companies on Thursday again increased the price of cooking gas across all categories. The price of LPG has been increased by Rs 25 per cylinder across categories—both subsidised and non-subsidised as well as for Ujjwala scheme beneficiaries.
This is the third time in February when price of cooking gas has been increased. LPG cylinder prices were increased this month first by Rs 25 on February 4 and by Rs 50 on February 15.
Notably, the price of cooking gas is going up amid surging international crude prices as demand for fuel is again returning to normalcy.
Prices have been on the rise since December and rates have cumulatively gone up by Rs 150 per cylinder. There was, however, no change in petrol and diesel prices for the second day in a row. Petrol in Delhi comes for Rs 90.93 per litre and diesel is priced at Rs 81.32 a litre.
LPG cylinder now costs close to Rs 800 in Delhi
According to a price notification from state-owned fuel retailers, a 14.2-kg cylinder in Delhi now costs Rs 794 as against Rs 769 at which they were supplied on Wednesday. The increase is applicable across all categories including subsidised and non-subsidised users.
LPG is available only at one rate, market price, across the country. The government, however, gives a small subsidy to select customers.
However, this subsidy has been eliminated in metros and major cities through successive price increases over the past couple of years. So, in places like Delhi, there is no subsidy paid to customers and all LPG users pay a market price of Rs 794.
An oil company official said a small subsidy is paid to customers in remote and far-flung areas to make up for the higher price arising from freight charges.
Congress criticises government
Hitting out at the government, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said price of domestic gas cylinder has been increased by Rs 200 in the last three months and petrol and diesel prices have moved “towards hitting diesel century”.
“The pitch of the Modi government, which is batting for billionaire friends on both ends of the economy, is full of high prices and inflation for the common people,” Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi using cricketing analogy.
पिछले तीन महीने में घरेलू गैस सिलेंडर पर 200 रुपए बढ़े।
पेट्रोल डीजल शतक मारने की तरफ बढ़ ही चुके हैं।
अर्थव्यवस्था के दोनों छोरों पर खरबपति मित्रों के लिए बैटिंग करने वाली मोदी सरकार की पिच आमजनों के लिए कमरतोड़ महंगाई से भरी हुई है। pic.twitter.com/SsLb3C7Nnl
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) February 25, 2021
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