People across Congress-ruled India are probably going to get thrown back into Stone Age on October 1, 2012, when LGP distributors go on a token strike against the government’s decision of capping the subsidized cylinders in the country.
All India LPG Distributors’ Federation and National Federation of LPG Distributors of India point out the abnormalities in the government’s distribution and price system. Although the government has capped subsidized cylinders to 6 per household in a year and 9 in Congress-ruled states, there is no system to keep a tab on each household’s number of subsidized cylinders. Also, no mention of a uniform pricing system will further fuel black marketing.
Until the government introduces a proper monitoring procedure and sets some fixed service charges and commission for distributors on subsidized and market-price cylinders, the federations’ will stop home delivery of cylinders from October 1.
Earlier, there were two categories of LPG cylinders – domestic and commercial. With the introduction of the subsidized cylinder, the government has created three categories – subsidized (6 or 9 cylinders), non-subsidized, commercial and exempt (schools, hospitals, temples, etc. to receive all cylinders at subsidized rates).
If the distributors’ demands are not met, they have threatened to go on an indefinite strike.