LPG: 2.11 Crore Customers Did Not Buy a Single Refill in FY22, Says Govt
Moneylife Digital Team 25 July 2022
Out of India's total number of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) customers of 309.5mn (million), more than 21.1mn did not buy a single refill during the fiscal year (FY) 2022, the Union government informed the Rajya Sabha. 
As per a written statement given by Rameswar Teli, minister of state in the ministry of petroleum and natural gas, out of 3095mn LPG customers, 21.1mn did not buy a single refill during FY22. This includes Uttar Pradesh (UP), where 2.93mn customers did not take any refills. UP was followed by West Bengal (WB) and Maharashtra, where 1.75mn and 1.57mn customers, respectively, did not buy any LPG refill for the entire year. 
"Consumption of domestic LPG by households depends on several factors like food habits, household size, cooking habits, price, easy availability of free firewood and cow dung," the minister says. 
Javed Ali Khan, a member of Parliament (MP), asked about the number of LPG connections, the total number of refills sold by oil marketing companies (OMCs) and the number of customers who did not buy any refill.  
According to the list provided by the minister, UP comes at the top in terms of total number of LPG customers and refill purchased. The state has 45.8mn domestic LPG connections as of 1 July 2022. Maharashtra and WB are at a distant second and third place with 30mn and 26.1mn LPG connections, respectively.
Mr Teli, while replying to another question asked by Prof Manoj Kumar Jha, told the upper house that the government has taken several steps to encourage the consumption of LPG by beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), which include the announcement of subsidy of Rs200 per 14.2kg refill up to 12 refills per year for FY22-23, an option of 5kg double-bottle connection (DBC), swap option to 5kg from 14.2kg, and up to three free refills under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) from April to December 2020.
During COVID-19 pandemic, a scheme for providing up to three free-of-cost LPG refills to PMUY beneficiaries was started for three months from 1 April 2020 under PMGKP, to ease the hardships faced by the poor due to economic disruption caused by the pandemic.
The scheme was extended till 31 December 2020 for those beneficiaries who had been credited with the advance for buying refill, but could not buy the refill. Under this Scheme, 141.7mn free refills were provided across the country, the minister says.
According to data shared by the minister, during FY21-22, nearly 16.2mn beneficiaries of PMUY took a single LPG refill. The number of Ujjwala beneficiaries who took two and three refills during the year was 14.9mn and 49.5mn, respectively.
Kamal Garg
2 weeks ago
I think this analysis is flawed and incomplete in the sense that much of urban areas have started receiving piped gas of late and that could be one of the important reasons for low refill rate for the LPG consumers.
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