Govt finalizes scheme to make Delhi kerosene-free
The Delhi government on Wednesday rolled out the roadmap to make the capital the first kerosene-free city in the country.
The programme will cover 3.56 lakh poor families using kerosene as fuel and get them to shift to an LPG connection by offering them a gas stove, regulator and a cylinder. The scheme, which will be launched on August 15, was conceived as subsidized kerosene often does not reach the intended beneficiaries and ends up in the black market. Chief minister Sheila Dikshit, while presenting the annual budget in the Assembly on May 28, had announced the ambitious scheme and the cabinet, chaired by her, finalized finer details on Wednesday. According to the scheme, the government will provide each of the 3,56,395 families getting subsidized kerosene an LPG cylinder, regulator, ISI-marked gas stove with two burners and a rubber tube. Dikshit had announced cash subsidy of Rs 2,000 for each of the beneficiary families. However, the cabinet decided to provide the cylinder, regulator and the gas stove directly to the families.