Aadhar to be mandatory for LPG subsidy

The government has made Aadhaar mandatory for availing cooking gas (LPG) subsidies but has given two months grace period for citizens to get the unique identification number.

For those not yet having Aadhaar, it gave time till November 30, 2016 to make application for enrolment for the unique identification number.This notification shall take effect immediately in all states except Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu & Kashmir.

As LPG subsidy is an expenditure incurred from Consolidated Fund of India, the Ministry said it is notifying use of Aadhaar as mandatory requirement for availing of the benefit.

System of LPG Subsidy
Government currently gives 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each at subsidised rates per household in a year. The subsidy on every cylinder is transfered in advance directly into bank accounts of individuals, who then buy the cooking fuel at market rates.