Over 10 crore people avail the subsidy on LPG and 12 percent may refuse the subsidy component in the country. LPG gas distributors appealed to the rich families to refuse the subsidy which would reduce the burden on government. The subsidy is meant for poor. They also made clear that after leaving the subsidy it can be claimed again after one year. But considering the government treasury rich people need not claim the subsidy, they said.
The Central Government incurs a burden of Rs 2000 crore yearly due to subsidy issued on LPG cooking gas. The rich families also were not prepared to refuse the subsidy on gas, which was actually meant for poor. Therefore Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier appealed to the class people not to claim the said subsidy but it fell on deaf ears. Response to Modi’s call was not encouraging from rich families. However, about four lakh people, including big traders and political leaders, did not avail the gas subsidy in the country. In the city only 4000 people had volunteered not to opt for the subsidy, according to distributors.