Now domestic gas users have to submit affidavits declaring that their income is less than Rs.10 lakh to claim the subsidy on LPG.
Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Oil Minister, said, “In the Tier-I and Tier-II cities, when somebody comes to refill gas, customers are asked to sign an affidavit regarding their income.”
“We did a market survey of one lakh well-to-do localities in the metros, ones where the proportion of people earning Rs.10 lakh or more would be high — South Delhi, South Mumbai, South Bangalore, Salt Lake City in Kolkata, parts of Pune and Chennai,” the minister was quoted by The Hindu.
According to government, while over one crore people have given up LPG subsidy over the past year, an extensive survey in the most affluent areas of metropolitan cities has revealed that only 3 % of its residents had done so.
Instead of identifying ineligible beneficiaries, the government has cast the net wider by making it incumbent upon users to submit affidavits declaring that their income is less than Rs.10 lakh.