Hyderabad: The LPG consumers of top providers such as Indane, Bharat Gas and HP Gas have been making the rounds of dealer and banks complaining about the non-transfer of subsidy amount in spite of linking their bank accounts to their LPG cylinders.
According to Greater Hyderabad LPG Dealers Association, 2-3 per cent of consumers visit dealers every day with complaints pertaining Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme for LPG subsidy, renamed PAHAL or Pratyaksha Hastaantarit Laabh.
According to rough estimates, over 30 per cent of consumers are not getting the subsidy in their bank accounts.
In Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts alone, there are about 26 lakh connections. Till date, just 30,000 consumers have opted out of the subsidy.
D Ashok Kumar, president, Association of Bharat Gas Distributors and Associates of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana said, “The National Payment Corporation of India is only providing the bank name at oil marketing portals.
We request the Ministry of Petroleum to also provide the name of the branch of the bank and IFSC code so that we could guide consumers.”
The association wrote a letter to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India on June 21 but is yet to hear from the ministry. We would be filing a PIL in the coming days, said Ashok Kumar.
The Centre formed National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) through which subsidy amount is disbursed with the disbursement bank being SBI.
However, there are several hurdles and consumers in spite of linking their accounts are not receiving subsidy. The rate of a cylinder as on Wednesday was Rs 630.50 and the subsidy amounts to Rs 138.88.
Many consumers due to busy work schedules do not find time to go and find out about the subsidy amount, the poor make the rounds of the bank and dealers.
R Krishnan, a retired railway employee said repeated visits to bank and dealer have not paid off and he has given it up.