Keralites to get 9 subsidised cylinders per year

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 17, 2012 16:40 hrs

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 17 (IANS) The Kerala government Wednesday decided to provide a total of nine gas cylinders at subsidised rates in a year to every household in the state.

"We have decided to abide by the recommendation of the United Democratic Front. As a result, the cabinet has decided to raise the number of cylinders from six as decided by the central government to a maximum of nine, subject to the usage of the previous year," Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told reporters here Wednesday night, after the weekly cabinet meeting.

"The maximum one house gets will depend on last year's usage but none will get more than nine," clarified Chandy.

Consequent to this, the state government will have to incur an approximate additional expense of Rs.120 crore.

Meanwhile, CPI-M Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has demanded that every household should get 12 cylinders a year.

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