People will drop out from using subsidized cooking gas, Laigaroo on LPG price hike

SRINAGAR — People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader and Constituency incharge Habba Kadal, Srinagar Arif Laigaroo has expressed shock over the sudden rise in the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders and said it is addition to skyrocketing prices of daily use commodities including fruits, milk, meat, vegetables, fuels etc.

He said, with this hike, more people will drop out from using subsidized cooking gas cylinders as they simply cannot afford it.

Already, over 10 per cent of those under Ujjwala Yojana have not taken any refill cylinders during last year. Nearly 12 per cent took only 1 refill, 56.5 per cent took only 4 or less refills against the minimum required annual average of 7+ cylinders, and against an entitlement of 12 cylinders per year, he said.

The commercial LPG cylinder prices have been hiked for the second time this year. This is bound to hike the input costs for all processed food products fueling further price rise, he said.

He said that this cruel hike has come in the background of growing levels of unemployment, poverty and inflation in the country.