Aadhaar & LPG: Cabinet puts subsidy transfer scheme on hold; raises subsidised LPG cylinder cap to 12

Moily said there were complaints about implementation of the direct benefit transfer for LPG-DBTL scheme and a committee has been formed to look into the issue

Bowing to political pressure and hue and cry from common citizens, the Indian government on Thursday put on hold its scheme to transfer subsidy money into bank accounts of consumers through Aadhaar. The cabinet also raised the quota of subsidised LPG to 12 cylinders per household in a year from nine at present.

 

Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily, while announcing the decision taken by the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs, said the direct benefit transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme, where consumers in as many as get 289 districts in 18 states got the subsidy amount in their bank accounts so that they could buy cooking gas at market rate, has been put on hold.

 

Currently, a subsidised LPG cylinder costs Rs414 while the market price comes to Rs1,021.

 

Explaining the reasons behind the move to put on hold a scheme that was dubbed 'game-changer, he said there were complaints about implementation of the scheme and a committee has been formed to look into them.

 

"Pending the committee examining the issues, the Aadhaar-linked LPG subsidy transfer has been put on hold," he said.

 

There had also been demands from within the Congress to scrap the DBTL as many consumers did not either have the Aadhaar number or banks accounts linked to the Aadhaar number.

 

DBTL, under which consumers got Rs435 advance money in their bank accounts so as to help them buy a LPG cylinder at market price, was this month extended to 105 districts including Delhi and Mumbai.

 

He said, households will get one cylinder extra, on top of the quota of nine cylinders, in February and March and from April they will be entitled for 12 cylinders -- one cylinder per month at subsidised rates.

 

Moily also said raising the LPG quota will cost Rs5,000 crore in additional subsidy annually.

 

Earlier this month, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) session earlier this month asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to increase the quota of subsidised LPG to 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each.

 

Moily said 89.2% of the 15 crore LPG consumers use up to nine cylinders in a year and only 10% have to buy the additional requirement at the market price.

 

After the quota is raised to 12, about 97% of the LPG consumers would be covered by subsidised LPG, he said.

 

The government had initially capped the supply of subsidised domestic LPG cylinders to six per household annually in September 2012 in a bid to cut its subsidy bill. The quota was raised to nine in January 2013.

 

Consumers, who have exhausted their quota, have to buy LPG at the market price of Rs1,258 per cylinder. Subsidised LPG costs Rs414 per cylinder in Delhi.

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    Harish

    6 years ago

    1) Received on 12Feb2014 first (Forced) DBTL subsidized HP-LPG Cylinder under Cash Receipt No.175550 for Rs. 1162 amount without any breakup.

    2) Concerned authorities adamantly-stubbornly ignored to mention in Cash Receipt, Breakup details as follows,

    Amount payable Rs. 1162 = Rs.423.50 + DBT Rs. 738.5

    (Please Note: Actual amount for subsidized direct supply without DBTL scheme of Rs. 423.50 was obtained from Delivery Person after verifying the Cash Receipt for other Consumer.)

    3) Accordingly the pending DBT amount to be received will be Rs. 738.5 - Rs. 435 = Rs. 303.5 (My worked out calculation. Rs. 435 first blind DBT already received.)

    Concerned authorities forceful DBTL implementation without protecting the Consumer in all respect is highly objectionable.

    Concerned authorities foremost duty is to work sincerely and faithfully for the authentic Domestic Consumers.

    Concerned authorities should Stop DBTL if not interested to implement proper breakup in Cash Receipt for easy verification of DBT amount and actual subsidized cost of cylinder for Consumer.
    Concerned should take up the matter urgently to help and protect authentic Domestic LPG Consumers.

    All Indian Citizens forced under DBTL scheme for Domestic LPG supply are suffering due to irresponsible improper
    implementation, leading to hardship and harassment by all concerned authorities, also leading to wasteful administration at all levels.

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    Harish

    6 years ago

    1) Totally forced and irresponsible implementation of DBTL scheme. HPGAS Complaint Category "DBTL problem" not available under Complaint Type for Domestic LPG supply.

    2) Delivery cum Cash invoice receipt for subsidized supply of Gas Cylinder must have break up details of DBTL amount matching to subsidized supply applicable to supply without DBTL scheme.

    3) Do not make supply of subsidized Gas Cylinder under DBTL unless and until properly implementing, totally transparent details of breakup as mentioned above in Delivery cum Cash invoice receipt.

    4) No direct email IDs for LPG Consumer.

    Concerned need to do the needful.

    MURALI MENON

    6 years ago

    The whole row of linking Aadhar cards to LPG registrations and bank accounts could have been avoided if the provision to enter bank account details as well as lpg regn number was available on the aadhar application form.
    Even now if a provision to submit bank details and lpg registration numbers is provided on the aadhar site, it could be updated immediately and all the confusion and delay could be avoided. Now that the minister has put on hold the "linking" issue, he has not announced that till a decision is taken, the cylinders would be given to the customer at subsided rates and all "subsidy through banks" will be stopped. This is now creating two types of lpg customers - one who gets the cylinder at the subsidy price (non aadhar) and others who get it at a higher price as the subsidy is not matching the price difference.

    REPLY

    S K Nataraj

    In Reply to MURALI MENON 6 years ago

    Are banks in a position today to handlethe subsidy administration for LPG? Does their infrastructure support this? Do they have proper grievance Redressal mechanisms , even assuming that they can handle the Subsidy and DBT? Don't you feel it has the portents to break out into the biggest scam in recent times?

    Harish

    In Reply to S K Nataraj 6 years ago

    Most likely no and Consumer will have to run behind authorities endlessly resulting in harassment. For any reason if the DBTL scheme becomes compulsory correct DBTL amount credited should be clearly mentioned on the Gas cylinder delivery receipt for the record of Consumer. Credit detail in Bank should correlate respective Gas cylinder delivery receipt for the record of Consumer.

    Harish

    In Reply to MURALI MENON 6 years ago

    Our Nation needs Administrative Servants, who put their honest efforts in doing work right way for the first time and every time and not Administrative Monarchs who deliberately create confusion for Citizens to run behind administrative authorities at all level.

    S K Nataraj

    6 years ago

    A complete somersault by the Government, and not surprisingly with elections round the corner. It is a shame that the Aadhaar Card which was much touted as a game - changer is now going to be dumped. It was launched with a lot of fan- fare, but even though several crores of rupees have been spent on it, it does not look like it will achieve finality in the near future, because of its poor planning and shoddy implementation. Our planners surely have to answer for all ths. It is a huge waste of tax- payers money.

    Harish

    6 years ago

    DBTL Scheme for LPG Cylinders of Domestic Consumers is definitely waste on all clerical administration at all levels.
    Domestic Consumers shall be harassed by the all categories of Administrative Monarchs. Also leading to corruption, and noway of tracking and exposing it.
    To prevent misuse of selling domestic LPG cylinders in open market for profit needs to be achieved by other strict measures and not by DBTL Scheme.

    Simple Indian

    6 years ago

    Even though the UPA Govt has stalled the DBT for LPG scheme, it had advertised just last week urging people to enrol for Aadhar for precisely this reason. Isn't that blatant violation of the SC order ?
    Also, increasing the subsidy on LPG will benefit both poor and not-so-poor who can very well afford to buy the LPG cylinders at market rates. Why doesn't the Govt create slabs (as done for Ration Cards) to benefit such welfare schemes only to the needy ? But then, populist measures like this is what one can expect in a pre-poll period.

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    Dayananda Kamath k

    In Reply to Simple Indian 6 years ago

    it is a two pronged strategy.they forced you to take adhaar by linking everything to it. they are taking credit for adhaar as an achevement. this entire direct credit of subsidy in the name of giving 100% subsidy to common man instead of 15% as being given as admitted by them selves is a scheme to avoid being caught in scams. if you can not monitor subsidy to some 100 accounts and it takes years to audit it. how anybody can audit crores of account.

    Simple Indian

    6 years ago

    The UPA Govt promptly decided to raise the LPG cylinder cap from 9 to 12 after Congress VP Rahul G raised his concerns about it. All this while many other parties had been petitioning the PM and others in govt to increase the cap for over an year. This is just political posturing by Congress to project its PM-in-waiting as a people-friendly leader of the masses. His recent interview to TimesNow Editor Arnab Goswami showed his political naivety and immaturity though.

    suresh hegde

    6 years ago

    Veerappa Moily was highly inconsistent about lining Aadhar and about number of cylindrs to be supplied at subiedised rate. UPA eying on ensuing election has played this card. If at all UPA in genertal anmd Rahul Gandhi in particular is so conncerned on this should have resolved this much early. What happens to the amount of tension, hardship etc that were faced by common by on account of gas distributors and oil company and Bank. Few Banks have even collected Rs.100/- to entertain requset for Aadhar link. Even this decision would not have any impact in the absence of strong implimentation at root level.

    MG Warrier

    6 years ago

    Putting on hold implementation of subsidy-transfer to Aadhar-linked bank accounts and promise to supply additional two LPG cyliders during 2013-14 at subsidised price make good news for aam aadmi and may boost the morale of supporters of UPA Government. Ask someone who is booking an LPG cylinder about what is happening at the ground level. The front desk at the gas agency will continue to insist on AADHAAR Card and ask you to confirm that you have AADHAAR-linked your bank account to which subsidy is to be credited. This report also does not bring clarity as to the alternative route for providing subsidy.

    Aadhaar, NPR, UN resolution and deafening silence of political parties –Part 25

    Can Indians trust likes of P Chidambaram, Sam Pitroda, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Nandan Nilekani and C Chandramouli, who are collecting our biometric data just because they say that their heart bleeds for unreached poor? In addition, the silence of Congress, BJP and other political parties on Aadhaar-NPR issues is deafening

    In an academic paper In Other Words: The Indian City and the Promise of Citizenship, Jankaji Nair from the Centre for Historical Studies at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) asks, “Can the mere refusal to be visibilised, by planning agency, law, census, and now in the pernicious plans for unique identity (UID), add up to social justice in the city?” The synonyms of the word ‘pernicious’ include malicious, wicked, evil and malevolent.
     

    It is becoming abundantly clear that the market, rather than the state is attempting to define the identity of a citizen, amidst ‘mutinies’, ‘adjustments’ or surrender by them to avoid a ‘fugitive’ existence. The right to the republic, in particular, and right to have rights in general are increasingly getting determined by ulterior motives of global finance, which wants free trade in all sorts of data at any human cost and even at the cost of sovereignty.
     

    Kamal Sadiq in his book Paper Citizens: How Illegal Immigrants Acquire Citizenship in Developing Countries published by Oxford University Press in June 2011 has argued that although citizenship is ‘expressed through documents’ but the process of creating the document (for Right to Identity) is not the consistent monopoly of the state. His reference to the phenomenon ‘documentary citizenship’ is quite relevant in the context of biometric documentation being bulldozed down the throats of Indians. While it is not crystal clear as to whether those citizens who obtained citizenship through registration and documentation can and should be allowed to have the right to deprive natural citizens of their rights as is being done by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
     

    Under the influence of cartels of ID cards if they are allowed to establish that it is documents that create citizens and not the states it will a deeper affront to the episteme of natural citizens from artificial citizens. The latter seem to remain foreigners in local communities. The rights of natural citizens go beyond proof of documentation.
     

    At page 198 Kamal Sadiq writes, ‘The bounded nature of citizenship, where the nation-state was a container for all rights, has eroded because of its dependence on documents. Citizenship is no longer a secure political realm…documentary citizenship presents a serious problem for our understanding of the composition of states’.
     

    Some artificial citizens whose rights are documents based are out to disinherit the natural citizens of their rights by initiatives like biometric identification. Such initiatives merit robust resistance from the natural citizens. Kamal Sadiq points out the ability of documentary citizens to partake in the political affairs of a country – vote, run for public office, while retaining their previous sense of nationality and belonging. He makes a case that documentary citizenship undermines state sovereignty.
     

    In an article dated 18 January 2014, Nick Turse, the co-author of The Changing Face of Empire: Special Ops, Drones, Spies, Proxy Fighters, Secret Bases, and Cyber Warfare, Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050 underlines that as of 2013 elite US forces are deployed in 134 countries around the globe. It is not about whether or not Government of US or its allies who are part of Five Eyes intelligence alliance or government of China is being hostile towards India and Indians. It is about whether as a nation are Indian political parties, battle ready in the event of such calamities. Aren’t centralised electronic and biometric databases of Indians, vulnerable assets?
     

    Notably, The UN resolution was passed by the General Assembly on 18 December 2013, as ‘Right to Privacy in the Digital Age’. It was sponsored by more than 50 countries, including India, and approved unanimously by the 193 members. The resolution has requested Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to submit a report on the protection and promotion of the right to privacy in the context of domestic and extraterritorial surveillance and/or interception of digital communications and the collection of personal data, including on a mass scale, to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council at its 27th session and to the Assembly at its 69th session.
     

    Ms Pillay recalled that Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights state that no one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with one's privacy, family, home or correspondence, and that everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks. She said, “People need to be confident that their private communications are not being unduly scrutinised by the State.”
     

    The ruling parties in India are violating these rights and, wittingly or unwittingly, opposition parties have become complicit in surveillance exercises in the name of delivery of welfare services for the poor. 
     

    The US resolution deals with the emerging question of cyberspace privacy.  The UN General Assembly has established, for the first time, that human rights should prevail irrespective of the medium, and therefore the need for protection both offline and online.
     

    But does electronic and biometric surveillance bother the political parties who are part of the ruling coalition led by Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and P Chidambaram? Does it perturb the opposition parties led by Lal Krishna Advani, Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj? Do the parties who seem to belong to the federal front of Nitish Kumar, Arvind Kejriwal, Navin Patnaik, Mamta Banerjee, Jayalalitha and Mulayam Singh Yadav concerned about the corrosion of sovereignty? Does it matter to the parties of the secular front which has been proposed by Prakash Karat?
     

    The stance of these political leaders on biometric identification reveals their character as to whether they wish to be deemed legitimate opposition parties to fight for the political rights of citizens, or they wish to remain wedded to ruling coalition with mere token oppositionism. 
     

    Each of these parties seem to have failed in their political duty to announce whether they support or seek scrapping of biometric identification that violates the fundamental ’tenet of a democratic society’ and the ‘Right to Privacy in the Digital Age’.
     

    After the UN resolution, US president Barack Obama has attempted to unsuccessfully defend the indefensible acts of surveillance on 17 January 2014. He claimed that National Security Agency (NSA) was created to give us insights into the Soviet bloc. He referred to “totalitarian states like East Germany offered a cautionary tale of what could happen when vast, unchecked surveillance turned citizens into informers, and persecuted people for what they said in the privacy of their own homes”, but by implication underlined that the in the post-Soviet bloc era, democratic countries are being turned into totalitarian states through indiscriminate profiling of citizens through US based companies or through the allies of US.
     

    He admitted that “the government collection and storage of such bulk data also creates a potential for abuse” and “surveillance technology and our reliance on digital information is evolving much faster than our laws.” He observed, “There is a reason why BlackBerrys and iPhones are not allowed in the White House Situation Room.”
     

    Obama underlined “the vulnerabilities to privacy that exist in a world where transactions are recorded, and emails and text and messages are stored, and even our movements can increasingly be tracked through the GPS on our phones.”
     

    Almost echoing the farewell speech of the then US President, Dwight D Eisenhower delivered in January 1961, who had prophetically warned against the new coalition of companies, agencies, and lobbyists that dwarf the state, Obama reminded, “Corporations of all shapes and sizes track what you buy, store and analyze our data, and use it for commercial purposes; that’s how those targeted ads pop up on your computer and your smartphone periodically.” Eisenhower had urged citizens to “guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence… by the military-industrial complex”. (Read: No warrant, no problem: How the government can get your digital data )
     

    Obama says, “Given the unique power of the state, it is not enough for leaders to say:  Trust us, we won’t abuse the data we collect. For history has too many examples when that trust has been breached. Our system of government is built on the premise that our liberty cannot depend on the good intentions of those in power; it depends on the law to constrain those in power.”
     

    Can Indians trust likes of P Chidambaram, Sam Pitroda, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Nandan Nilekani and C Chandramouli, who are collecting our data just because they say that their heart bleeds for the leakage in the system for the sake of the unreached poor? Chidambaram’s election to Parliament faces challenge in the court. Other big data players of his ilk have become a challenge for the legislature itself because they are cabinet ministers without any oath of secrecy, office or accountability.
     

    Obama will have us believe that Government of US does “not collect intelligence to provide a competitive advantage to US companies or US commercial sectors.” This is not true at all because there is evidence to establish that the opposite of this claim is true. (Read: The surveillance reforms Obama supported before he was president )
     

    Obama said, “I have also asked my counselor, John Podesta, to lead a comprehensive review of big data and privacy.  And this group will consist of government officials who, along with the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, will reach out to privacy experts, technologists and business leaders, and look how the challenges inherent in big data are being confronted by both the public and private sectors; whether we can forge international norms on how to manage this data…”
     

    Has the link between big data like Centralised Identity Data Repository (CIDR) of biometric Aadhaar number and National Population Register (NPR) numbers and violation of right to privacy been studied prior to their launch?   
     

    The silence of India’s political class in general and opposition parties in particular on the issue of UN resolution, surveillance regime of the victors of World War II and automatic identification in the digital age is deafening.   
     

    You may also want to read…

     

    Why biometric identification of citizens must be resisted? Part I
     

    Biometric identification is modern day enslavement -Part II
     

    Biometric profiling, including DNA, is dehumanising -Part III
     

    Marketing and advertising blitzkrieg of biometric techies and supporters -Part IV
     

    History of technologies reveals it is their owners who are true beneficiaries -Part V
     

    UID's promise of service delivery to poor hides IT, biometrics industry profits –Part VI
     

    Technologies and technology companies are beyond regulation? -Part VII
     

    Surveillance through biometrics-based Aadhaar –Part VIII
     

    Narendra Modi biometrically profiled. What about Congress leaders?-Part IX
     

    Aadhaar: Why opposition ruled states are playing partner for biometric UID? -Part X

     

    Is Nandan Nilekani acting as an agent of non-state actors? –Part XI

     

    Aadhaar and UPA govt's obsession for private sector benefits–Part XII
     

    CIA-funded MongoDB partners with UIDAI to handle Aadhaar data –Part XIII

     

    Are Indians being used as guinea pigs of biometric technology companies? -Part XIV
     

    Aadhaar: Is the biometric data of human body immortal and ageless? Part XV
     

    Aadhaar: The propaganda of transnational vested interests –Part XVI

     

    Aadhaar: Pakistan handed over, India giving database on a platter– Part XVII
     

    Engineered row in US-India relations, an attention diversion tactics of big brothers?—Part XVIII

     

    Aadhaar: UIDAI and the ‘fifth column’ of Napoleon—Part XIX
     

    Aadhaar: Turning citizens into subjects through social control technology companies –PartXX

     

    Why Kejriwal govt in Delhi should abandon biometric Aadhaar?—Part XXI

     

    Aadhaar for LPG: Oil companies, Ministry of Petroleum & UIDAI disobeying Supreme Court order–Part XXII

     

    Why Vasundhara Raje should immediately withdraw circulars making Aadhaar mandatory -Part XXIII

     

    How Congress has been proven wrong on biometric Aadhaar and NPR -Part XXIV

     

    (Gopal Krishna is member of Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties (CFCL), which is campaigning against surveillance technologies since 2010)

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    SuchindranathAiyerS

    6 years ago

    Aadhar is another criminal enterprise of India's majoritarian, sociometric kleptocracy. It is already being used to harass hapless citizens in every walk of life while the judiciary turn their habitual blind eye to the depredations of the wealthy and the powerful. Nandan Nielkani, and apposite Khangress Walla MP in the making has already decalred his freedom and right to sell the date base as commercial enterprise.

    Aadhaar for LPG: How you can get justice? –Part2

    What has changed during past 12 months that required urgent intervention from the ‘pseudo supreme’ authority of Congress to lobby for increasing the subsidised LPG cylinders to 12? Will it stop the suffering of citizens who are harassed under the pretext of Aadhaar and subsidised cylinders? Here is what you can do in the meanwhile

    As mentioned in the first part, the Aadhaar, LPG refill subsidy and direct benefit transfer (DBTL) scheme is in to complete mess. The ‘larger than life’ claims made by the proponents of Aadhaar, especially IT Czar Nandan Nilekani, are falling flat in practice. Can the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) explain why people are not receiving LPG refill subsidy on time and into their own lined bank account while people not related with these are receiving SMS about LPG subsidy? The mess is created under the pretext of unique identification (UID), which was then penetrated into the LPG subsidy through banking system. All this was done without taking into consideration the issue and problems of LPG refill distribution and banking system. This has resulted in citizens suffering at the hands of LPG distributors under the pretext of Aadhaar, which is meant for residents.

     

    Following the interim order issued by the Supreme Court, all three oil marketing companies (OMCs), as well as union government and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoP&NG) had sought modification of the apex court’s order of 23 September 2013. The order unequivocally directed, “no person should suffer for not getting the Aadhaar card in spite of the fact that some authority had issued a circular making it mandatory.” 

     

    According to Justice KS Puttaswamy, the retired judge from Karnataka High Court, who had filed the public interest litigation in the Supreme Court, government schemes (of making Aadhaar mandatory) cannot be imposed upon people. Speaking with Citizen Matters, Bangalore, Justice Puttaswamy had said, "An interim order is as much as a final order. So presently all these government schemes cannot be imposed upon people. And if it is done, it is contempt of court. The interim order does not mention any names of schemes. But under this, no one can insist of Aadhaar for any government schemes like ration card, bank account, cash transfer, issue of LPG subsidies and so on."

     

    Another interesting aspect of the whole Aadhaar drama is Congress and most political parties are avoiding taking a clear political position demanding scrapping of the biometric identification exercise and are speaking with forked tongue. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s speech last week is nothing but another example of bluffing. When finance minister P Chidambaram said there is a need to increase the quota for subsidised LPG refill to 12 from nine, both oil minister Veerappa Moily and oil secretary Vivek Rae were quick to rule out the hike. However, as soon as Rahul Gandhi expressed the need to increase the quota, the same Moily was quick to say that his ministry would put forward such proposal before the upcoming cabinet meeting. This shows the politicisation of LPG subsidy, especially looking at the general elections in next few months.

     

    It must be noted, it was the same Manmohan Singh-led government, which capped the subsidised LPG refill quota to six cylinders per year in September 2012. Following outcry from several quarters, in January 2013, it was increased to nine cylinders. The original idea behind the cap in LPG refill cylinders was to reduce the subsidy bill of the government. If the UPA government is interested in reducing subsidy bill, then why not scrap it in one stroke, instead of playing hide and seek games with common citizens?

     

    Interestingly question though, what has changed between January 2013 and January 2014 that required intervention from the ‘pseudo supreme’ authority of Congress to lobby for increasing the LPG refill per year to 12? It is nothing but vote bank politics to appease voters before the general elections.

     

    Hope the same thinking would be applied in scrapping the UID/Aadhaar project as well from the Congress high command, which still reportedly has not enrolled for the scheme.

     

    In a country like ours where illiteracy is rampant and the average citizen is already burdened with different cards for different purposes- voter ID card, PAN card, BPL card, the forceful linking of Aadhaar with LPG refill subsidy is only burdening the common citizen. Hope the Supreme Court takes the OMCs, Oil Ministry and the UPA government to task and put the illegal ‘Aadhaar business’ to an end.

     

    Most importantly, as Moneylife has been writing, the basic issue in India and its over billion citizens are not about subsidy, but it is about demand and supply gap. Citizens are being deprives their rightful benefits because the middleman-politicians-babu nexus is siphoning off the benefits before it reaches the end user. For example, citizens from a far away village are not receiving foodgrains because of the nexus. And directly transferring subsidy money in to these people’s bank account (if they have one) is not going to ensure that the foodgrains reach the village. This is because if the foodgrains are siphoned off before reaching the village and public distribution (PDS) shop, then how and from where these poor people are going to buy it? Anyway, that is subject for another article. Here we will discuss about the LPG refill subsidy only.

     

    There are basically two types of LPG customers, one who has linked their Aadhaar and bank account and two, those who have not done so.

     

    Those who do not have Aadhaar:

    Such customers are being flooded with SMS to enrol for Aadhaar and link it to their bank account and subsequently provide the details to their LPG distributor. However, with the interim order of the Supreme Court being in force, the LPG distributor and OMC cannot deny the rightful subsidy to the rightful customers. This means, any LPG customer, who may or may not have submitted the Aadhaar is liable to get the nine subsidised LPG refills for FY2014 (unless the OMCs increase it to 12 refills per year following the diktat from Rahul Gandhi).

     

    As Moneylife wrote, in one glaring example of misuse of powers, one distributor from Hyderabad not only denied a LPG refill to a customer despite showing willingness to buy it at market rate. Going one step ahead, the distributor even blocked the connection of the customer for not providing Aadhaar.  

     

    Those who have submitted Aadhaar are also facing problems:

    Major issue these customers are facing is about receiving LPG refill subsidy on time and the communication. Several customers are still waiting for their subsidy to be deposited in their bank accounts. In the meanwhile, many had to buy the LPG refill at market rate that is without the subsidy. At present, the open market rate of a domestic (home use) LPG refill costs Rs1,275.5 while the subsidised refill costs Rs455. The subsidy amount in this case works out to be Rs820.5, however, the customer is getting only Rs794.84. This means he will have to pay the differential amount from his own pocket.

     

    In addition, there is value added tax (VAT) and income tax that the customer will have to pay. The subsidised cost of LPG refill included all taxes, but for non-subsidised LPG cylinder the customers will have to borne the cost. In addition, since the money would be deposited in the bank account, it would be considered as ‘income from other sources’ and the customer would have to pay income tax, as per his/her obligations under appropriate slab.

     

    What you can do?

    Mathew Thomas, a former defence services officer and missile scientist turned civic activist, who is campaigning against state database control of the people, has already sent notices to the UIDAI, MOP&NG and all three OMCs for the contempt of Supreme Court order.

     

    KP Janardan, one of the readers of Moneylife, had also sent a letter to the Chief Justice of India requesting to take suo moto action against the Oil Ministry. Pointing out toward an ad published by MoP&NG, he said, “It is worth noting that the Ministry has gone ahead and issued the said ad with impunity even after the Supreme Court had rejected a subsequent plea for a modification of Order dated 26/11/13. I would therefore request that the Supreme Court take suo moto notice of this wilful defiance of its Orders by the Union Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas and initiate contempt proceedings against it.”

     

    Similarly, if you are being deprived of your rightful subsidy for LPG refill (nine cylinders at present), you can do several things. But you need to act fast, on your own.

     

    1. Write a letter (email) to your LPG distributor giving reference of the Supreme Court order and ask why you have been denied subsidy for your rightful nine refills.
     

    2. Send a copy of your letter (email) to the oil marketing company like HPCL, BPCL or IOC.
     

    3. Make full use of the online portals of all OMC that shows the record of your LPG booking, delivery and subsidy.
     

    4. Mention in your letter that as per the Essential Commodities Act, the OMC and distributor is mandated to deliver the LPG cylinder at your home within 48 hours of booking. As most of the distributors don’t follow this, you can tell your distributor that you would file a complaint before the Consumer Forum.
     

    Here are rights of consumers under the Essential Commodities Act 1955 and the corresponding LPG (Regular Supply & Distribution) Order 2000...
     

    -Bookings for the gas cylinder must be accepted over the phone.

    -100% home delivery.
     

    -The gas cylinder should to be delivered within 48 hours of booking.
     

    -The customer has the right to weigh the cylinder on taking delivery.

    -Gas agencies must be open for business between 10am and 6pm, except on public holidays and Sundays.
     

    5. Also inform the LPG distributor that his/her act is contempt of Supreme Court order and you would be compelled to write to the Chief Justice of India for it.
     

    6. If the LPG distributor/OMC continues to act high-handedly, then write to the Chief Justice of India (with supported documents), requesting the Court to take suo moto action for contempt of court order against your LPG distributor, the OMC, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, the minister of MoP&NG and last but not least, the Prime Minister. You can also include Nandan Nilekani, the chairperson o UIDAI, the UIDAI and Planning Commission (as UIDAI works under it).
     

    7. Use the Right to Information (RTI) Act while perusing the matter with all the concerned as they all fall under the category of 'Public Authority' as defined under the Act. Your LPG distributor is not a public authority, but you can file RTI asking the OMC for details about the distributor. (Read: Hassled over the delay in the delivery of your gas cylinder? Try the RTI route)


    Here is a sample/template for sending a letter to your LPG distributor prepared by Dr Anupam Saraph…

     

    Date:

     

    Your Gas Agency Name

    Your Gas Agency Address

     

    Dear Sir/Madam,

     

    I am enclosing a copy of the Supreme Court Order dated 23 September 2013 indicating that no person should suffer for not getting the Aadhaar card in spite of the fact that some authority had issued a circular making it mandatory.

     

    Your persistent demand for Aadhaar for me to claim the subsidized LPG refill cylinder entitled by me continues to cause my family suffering as I do not have an Aadhaar, do not wish to obtain one, and certainly do not want to link it with any bank account.

     

    According to the Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas M Veerappa Moily, 'Over 14 crore people in the country have LPG connections. However, three crore among them have got connections by producing fake documents’. Clearly the 11 crore honest and law-abiding citizens do not need to be made to suffer Aadhaar numbers or bank accounts?

     

    Surely you cannot be placing blind faith on using a random number assigned by the UIDAI to a set of unverified and unaudited demographic and biometric data submitted and maintained/ operated by private parties who are paid for every record they submit in preference to your own records that you seem to have audited and have used all along? What purpose does this suffering serve?

     

    Surely you know that through its notification of 28 September 2011 the Reserve Bank of India suspended the “Anti-Money Laundering” Rules for bank accounts opened with Aadhaar as the sole KYC? Surely you know this makes it possible to transfer subsidy to unverified accounts operated by anyone who has hold of the Aadhaar-linked bank account? Surely you cannot want to cause people to suffer the embezzlement of their subsidy?

     

    I urge you to immediately discard any linkage or use of Aadhaar with your databases and revert to the time tested practices of issuing subsidized cylinders.

     

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Your Name

    Your Consumer Number

     

    CC:

    1. Chairman and Managing Director, Your Gas Company
    2. Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas
    3. Registrar, Supreme Court for the attention of the Hon’ble Judges of violation of their Orders

     

    Here are the addresses…

    1. The Registrar,
      Supreme Court of India,
      Tilak Marg,
      New Delhi-110 201 (India)
      PABX NOS.23388922-24, 23388942-44,
      FAX NOS.23381508,23381584,23384336/23384533/23384447
      Email: [email protected]
    1. Veerappa Moily
      Minister,
      Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas,
      A-Wing, Shastri Bhawan,
      Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road,
      New Delhi 110 001
      Email: [email protected]
    1. Vivek Rae
      Secretary,
      Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas,
      A-Wing, Shastri Bhawan,
      Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road,
      New Delhi 110 001
      Email: [email protected]
    1. Chairman & Managing Director
      Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL)
      Bharat Bhavan No. I & II, 4&6,
      Currimbhoy Road, Ballard Estate,
      Mumbai - 400001
      http://www.bharatpetroleum.com
    1. Chairman & Managing Director
      Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL)
      HPCL, 3rd floor, Petroleum House,
      17 Jamshedji Tata Road, Churchgate,
      Mumbai - 400020
      www.hindustanpetroleum.com
    1. Chairman,
      Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC)
      SCOPE Complex, Core-2, 7, Institutional Area,
      Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110003
      http://www.iocl.com

      For LPG at IOC…
      AN Jha
      Executive Director (LPG),
      Indian Oil Bhavan,
      G-9, Ali Yavar Jung Marg,
      Bandra (East), Mumbai
      Tel: 022-26421845
      Email: [email protected] 

     

    You may also want to read…

    Aadhaar for LPG: Mess created by UIDAI, OMCs and citizen victims-Part 1

     

    The Prime Minister’s Fingerprints: Aadhaar and the garrotting of civil liberties

     

    Aadhaar for LPG: Oil companies, Ministry of Petroleum & UIDAI disobeying Supreme Court order–Part XXII

     

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    COMMENTS

    Aarmin Banaji

    6 years ago

    The author of the article has not yet posted a specific response to the parting comment in my previous post.

    It can only mean that either he does not read the viewer's comments OR he does not have a truly effective way the opponents of Aadhaar can continue the fight OR he was not being too serious by suggesting ineffectual measures.

    Mr. Sapkale, would really appreciate your guidance, shared here for all to benefit.

    REPLY

    MDT

    In Reply to Aarmin Banaji 6 years ago

    Dear Sir,
    Thanks for posting your comment. We appreciate the efforts put up by you for resising the Aadhaar linkage with LPG subsidy.
    What you had mentioned in your previous post is related with associating your PIL with the one ongoing in the SC. And you seems to know all the legal options, so we refrained from advising you.
    This article is written for common readers seeking suo moto intervention of the Chief Justice. For this you need to write separate letter as stated in the article.
    Thanks again,
    MDT

    Harish

    In Reply to MDT 6 years ago

    Subject: Request your Urgent action for "LPG DBTL" scheme without any delay.

    Sir/Madam,

    Please note the following points and request your Urgent action for "LPG DBTL" scheme without any delay.

    1) Received on 12Feb2014 first (Forced) DBTL subsidized HP-LPG Cylinder under Cash Receipt No.175550 for Rs. 1162 amount without any breakup. (Rs. 1162 seems to be very high and manipulated.)

    2) Concerned authorities adamantly-stubbornly ignored to mention in Cash Receipt, Breakup details at-least as follows,

    Amount payable Rs. 1162 = Rs.423.50 + DBT Rs. 738.5

    (Please Note: Actual amount for subsidized direct supply without DBTL scheme of Rs. 423.50 was obtained from Delivery Person after verifying the Cash Receipt for other Consumer.)

    3) According to me the Pending DBT amount to be received will be Rs. 738.5 - Rs. 435 = Rs. 303.5 (My worked out calculation. Rs. 435 first blind DBT already received before delivery of cylinder.) Rs.303.50 or Rs.738.5

    4) Received SMS intimation having transferred Rs. 730.43 towards Cash Receipt No. 175559 dated 12Feb2014.

    Under my worked out calculation of Rs.738.50 – Rs. 730.43 = Rs. 8.07, has some difference. It seems I have received Rs. 8.07 less towards DBT in my account.

    To avoid such confusion, to make Citizens aware of the subsidy burden by our Nation, and any manipulation through malpractice, concerned authorities should and must give complete breakup in Cash Receipt for all kind of Domestic-Non Domestic LPG Cylinder supply delivery.

    Adamant, stubborn concerned authorities should Stop DBTL or make it optional, if not interested to implement proper breakup in Cash Receipt for easy verification of DBT amount and actual subsidized cost of cylinder for Consumer.

    HP-Gas has not provided direct email IDs, no provision to escalate complaints. One has to fill the on line complaint under Others category, and no category for DBTL problems-issues is provided.

    You are requested to do the needful and oblige.

    Regards,
    Harish - Bangalore
    PS:
    **********************************
    (No proper reply to my online-complaints from HP-Gas.
    http://jihaan.hpcl.co.in/booking/Complai...
    Also i was unable to update Complaint Reference No. 13149857 due to continuous Server Error in HP-Gas system from 20Feb2014. Please refer HP-Gas last reply as,
    GAURAV PAL (193935) - 20/02/2014 03:56 PM

    Implementation is in line with ministry guidelines
    Issues raised are beyond our scope to address.
    **********************************
    Please make urgently investigation and do needful to implement through concerned authorities for Domestic LPG supply the following:

    Make Compulsory to issue all consumers complete break up details like Tax, Subsidy, DBT, etc of cash paid in Cash Receipt of Domestic LPG supply.
    Presently only consolidated amount is shown without any breakup details.
    **********************************
    Sir/Madam,
    If Aadhar is not mandatory to buy subsidized LPG cylinders, why DBTL is made mandatory for Consumers already forced to register???
    DBTL also should be made optional for those Consumers who were forced to register for DBTL.
    **********************************
    Several similar emails sent earlier from past so many days to all the possible concerned authorities( lokayukta, Food Offices etc. but no action so far.
    **********************************

    Harish

    In Reply to Harish 6 years ago

    **********************************
    Several similar emails sent earlier from past so many days to all the possible concerned authorities( lokayukta, Food Offices etc. but no action so far.
    *********************************

    Aarmin Banaji

    In Reply to MDT 6 years ago

    Sorry MDT you seem to have misread what I wrote/meant.

    It is that only after my PIL was held as untenable (incidentally, according to TOI of 24/1/14, Page 9 of the Nagpur Edition, a similar PIL in the Madras HC a few days ago has been entertained, illustrating the inconsistency within the Judicial system), that I wrote to the CJI and SC with a simple request to take suo moto action for Contempt of Court against all Respondents. This is exactly what the author recommends, which I state is an ineffectual action.

    Hence, my query still stands and hope the author can provide guidance for steps which would turn up results.

    Dayananda Kamath k

    6 years ago

    the veerappa moily agreeing to 12 cylinders as soon as rahul gandhi dmenads it. cbinet scrapping of ordinance on his tearing it , and maharashtra cabinet reconsidering adarsh report, all this demands whether the cabinet ministers are fit and proper to run this govt. they are misusing the powers to give cheap publicity to rahul gandhi during elelction year. it is clear breach of trust by cabinet ministers.

    Aarmin Banaji

    6 years ago

    Since September 2013 I have been fighting a lone anti-Aadhaar campaign from Nagpur. Having my PIL being asked (by the HC Bench in Nagpur) to combined with the Writ before the SC, I wrote directly to the CJ, both via email and Acknowledgement Due Speedpost, to take suo moto action against the Respondents.

    The only long delayed response I received was from an Asst. Registrar, saying that under Supreme Court Rules 1966, my request was not tenable.

    A lawyer friend of mine has also made a similar request to the CJI, with no response at all.

    I continue to not register or take part in this crackpot Aadhaar scheme, promoted to satisfy the vaingloriousness of NN.

    Hence, has the author of this article verified the efficacy of the course of action he recommends to opponents like me?

    Aarmin Banaji

    6 years ago

    Since September 2013 I have been fighting a lone anti-Aadhaar campaign from Nagpur. Having my PIL being asked (by the HC Bench in Nagpur) to combined with the Writ before the SC, I wrote directly to the CJ, both via email and Acknowledgement Due Speedpost, to take suo moto action against the Respondents.

    The only long delayed response I received was from an Asst. Registrar, saying that under Supreme Court Rules 1966, my request was not tenable.

    A lawyer friend of mine has also made a similar request to the CJI, with no response at all.

    I continue to not register or take part in this crackpot Aadhaar scheme, promoted to satisfy the vaingloriousness of NN.

    Hence, has the author of this article verified the efficacy of the course of action he recommends to opposers like me?

    S K Nataraj

    6 years ago

    I am in full agreement with everything that is stated in the report.
    I wish to point out that Publc Sector Banks are already facing extreme difficulty in handling pension accounts and their counters are thronged by hundreds of pensioners in most branches particularly during the first week of very month. They are already burdened with having t o meet several targets- of Deposits, Advances, NPA reduction, Third Party Products, SME, Retail, and other sectors of advances part from CASA targets. I am of the opinion that at present, Banks are ill- equipped to handle the subsidy for LPG through Aadhaar linkage. Complaints are going to be plenty, and redress all will be a huge problem. I envisage a huge scam emerging if the subsidy distribution is entrusted to PSB's. Why dump the present system and resort to touching of the nose in a round-about way via the neck? We want efficiency, and clean administration. Not a messy situation where everyone would be in trouble. I hope the government listens.mit is not going to be a game- changer. It is going to be a total wreck.

    nilesh

    6 years ago

    great article.

    I want to know if I can un-register my aadhar card with the distributor ?

    REPLY

    MDT

    In Reply to nilesh 6 years ago

    Thanks for your comment.
    Unfortunately there is no grievance redressal mechanisam available in the Aadhaar system of UIDAI.
    Thus, only solution left is
    to file complaint with your distributor, OMC and send copies to the Supreme Court and Oil Ministry. You can also file complaint online with your OMC and follow it with an RTI.

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