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Sep 18, 2012 at 03:12pm IST

Now Union Minister Harish Rawat seeks removal of cap on LPG cylinders

New Delhi: A section of the Congress party is also against diesel peice hike and cap on subsidised LPG cylinders. After Food Minister KV Thomas, another Union Minister has publicly demanded an increase in the cap on LPG cylinders.

Union Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs, Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Harish Rawat wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday morning asking that subsidies on LPG cylinders be raised.

Thomas had on Monday written to the Prime Minister against LPG cap and diesel price hike.

"The decision to raise diesel price as well as to keep number of subsidised cooking cylinder at six a year will not go well with the middle class," he said in the letter.

He said the government should charge only Rs 50 extra for consumers seeking between 7 to 12 LPG cylinders per household in a year and Rs 150 extra for 13 to 24 cylinders. "Any requirement beyond 24 cylinders per year should not have subsidy," he said.

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