Mokokchung, 29 August (MTNews): With the Lok Sabha election 2024 and assembly elections in five states drawing nearer, the Centre on Tuesday, 29 August, has reduced the cost of LPG by Rs 200 per cylinder. Additionally, the Cabinet endorsed an extra subsidy of Rs 200 as part of the Ujjwala scheme. This change translates to a total reduction of Rs 400 per cylinder for beneficiaries.
Union Minister Anurag Thakur hailed this decision as a special gesture from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commemorate Raksha Bandhan, particularly benefiting women. Thakur highlighted the progression from 14.5 crore domestic LPG consumers at the start of the Modi government’s tenure in 2014 to 33 crore presently. He emphasized that out of these, 9.6 crore received free cylinders through the PM Ujjwala Yojana.
This move comes following the Karnataka election where the Congress party spotlighted the issue of elevated LPG prices. The party also pledged to provide LPG at Rs 500 per cylinder if it secures victory in the upcoming November-December elections in Madhya Pradesh.