Odisha News Insight

80 lakh LPG consumers voluntarily surrender subsidy on LPG

GiveItUpThe Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply today that the response from LPG consumers to the ‘GiveItUp’ campaign initiated by the Ministry to voluntarily surrender subsidy is overwhelming and as on 03.03.2016 more than 80 lakh LPG consumers have voluntarily surrendered subsidy on LPG. More than 53 lakh consumers have voluntarily surrendered subsidy on LPG in the last six months.

Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) are making efforts to target the higher income group (taxable income of more than Rupees 10 lakh) using technology and available information. For the list of consumers already available with OMCs, SMSs have been sent to the consumers to submit self declaration form. Consumers are also provided with on-line facility to declare their income and submit their self declaration in the prescribed form to distributors, if the taxable income of self or his/her spouse exceeds Rs. 10 lakh.

For top 10 metros of the country, where most of the high income tax payers are likely to be residing, a suitable question has been built in the IVRS/SMS platforms for ascertaining the income status of the LPG consumers. During telephonic calls also for refills, this is being done.

Consumer applying for new connection is also required to make declaration of his or his/her spouse of taxable income exceeding Rs. 10 lakh during the previous financial year computed as per Income Tax Act, 1961.

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