To reduce the burden on the government with regard to subsidized gas cylinder scheme, the Oil Ministry has launched a scheme asking all the rich and mighty of India to relinquish the subsidized gas cylinder voluntarily. A new website, mylpg.in will facilitate such opting out, and names of such responsible citizens will be displayed in a unique “Scroll of Honor” on the same website.
The scheme is revealed to have been incepted at the Prime Minister’s office, and the initial focus is on asking the government oil refiners and explorer company employees to opt out of the scheme. Bharat Petroleum Corporation and Indian Oil companies have already started implementing the scheme. BPCL Chairman S Varadarajan has already surrendered hi subsidized cylinder. Another 1000 employees has followed suit. The oil companies have over one lakh employees. After a majority of them join the scheme and set the example, other organizations, individuals will be called to join the initiative.
The subsidy on gas cylinders is standing at 46,000 crores currently. If the rich opt out of the scheme, a majority of the 36% rural population who are not getting a chance to use this clean fuel and are suffering with using coal based and other kind of fuels that spoil the environment and their health.
“Many rich and affluent bureaucrats, politicians, businessmen and citizens do not want/ need LPG subsidy. But they do not make any effort in this direction because an exit from the subsidy scheme is complicated and time-consuming. The portal will solve this issue,” said an Oil Ministry official.
Looking at the facilities politicians enjoy using up the public’s money, the success of such schemes will need a huge change over in the mindset of public representatives, business men and the public in general. The recent news of Ex Delhi CM Sheila Dixit’s misuse of public money is a pointer in the case.