LPG Cylinders : Subsidy, Aadhar

There are 14 crore LPG consumers in the country which comprises 60% of the population. LPG cylinder in India is subsidized. From Jan 1 2013 Government limited the number of subsidised cylinders to 9. On 30 Jan 2014 Govt. raised number of subsidised cylinders to 12. Each consumer will have to buy LPG at market price and government will transfer the subsidy to his Aadhar linked bank account.  If you want LPG subsidy then Aadhar is compulsory. This article explains  how to link to Aadhar and more

On 30th Jan 2014 Cabinet has put on hold Aadhaar-linked transfer of LPG subsidy to bank accounts and raised number of subsidised cylinders from 9 to 12.

What is Capping of LPG cylinder?

From 14th September 2012, Govt. Of India (GOI) has capped supply of subsidised domestic cylinders to 6 cylinders in a year for all domestic consumers. This was modified to 9 cylinders on 18th January 2013. Effective 1st Feb 2014 number of subsided cylinders have been increased from 9 to 12.

How to get LPG Subsidy?

To get LPG subsidy you need to have following :

  • Aadhaar number
  • Bank account linked to Aadhar number
  • Link the Bank account with Aadhar number with LPG Consumer Number.

The process of linking bank account number with Aadhar with LPG consumer is technically called as seeding of Aadhaar number

What is Aadhar?

Aadhaar , which means foundation, is a unique 12-digit Identification number issued to individuals for the purpose of establishing unique identification of every single person. It’s purpose is to eliminate the fake identities and documents from the government records.

  • In Aadhar uniqueness is determined through the biometric (fingerprints, iris scan, photograph) and demographic (residential address) details of the individuals.
  • Any resident of India  including infants can enrol for Aadhaar. Even NRIs and foreign citizens residing in India can also enrol for Aadhaar.
  • Aadhaar is not a card or a smart card rather it is a number which is unique for every beneficiary of it.
  • No fee will be charged at any stage under this scheme
  • Aadhaar number will remain valid for life.
  • Aadhaar number will help you provide access to services like banking, mobile phone connections and other Govt and Non-Govt services in due course.
  • The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is the regulatory body on the behalf of government.

For more details one can read UIDAI’s FAQ on Aadhar.

On 30th Jan 2014 Cabinet has put on hold Aadhaar-linked transfer of LPG subsidy to bank accounts and raised number of subsidised cylinders from 9 to 12.

Process of linking LPG with Aadhar

Two requirements for linking LPG with Aadhar

  • Aadhaar number : Get an Aadhaar number if you don’t have one at Aadhaar enrollment centers
  • Bank account : Open a bank account with Aadhaar number if they do not have one by going to a bank branch with Aadhaar number

There are many ways in which one can link LPG with Aadhar

 Submitting to Distributor

Link LPG with Aadhar

Link LPG with Aadhar

Sample sheet is as follows :

LPG Aadhar Letter

LPG Aadhar Letter

Click here to download request form for linking Aadhaar Number with your bank account. 

Click here to download format for submitting Aadhaar Number to LPG Distributor. 

Online : UIDAI has developed a Seeding platform termed the Remote Aadhaar Seeding Framework (RASF) which provides States with a utility to enable linking of Aadhaar numbers to beneficiary identities maintained by different schemes Link Through Website

Through  IVRS : Call your company’s number and follow IVR instructions. The list of numbers for each district can be found here:

SMS Consumer can send two SMS to register (SMS-1 and SMS-2). You can send the SMS to following numbers:

  • For IOC / Indane consumers: 9948824365
  • For HPC / HP Gas consumers 9666023456
  • For BPC / Bharatgas consumers: 57333 (All India), 52725 (Vodafone, MTNL,Idea,Airtel & Tata users)

Call Centre

Call 18002333555 and inform the call centre agent that you wish to give your aadhar number and follow the instructions.

Post 

Send by Speed Post a copy of your Aadhaar letter, with your name, Consumer number,Address and Mobile Number to the relevent office address of the LPG Marketing Company. To know the office address visit the following websites:

IOCL/ Indane
HPCL / HP Gas
BPCL / Bharat Gas
What is the timeline for LPG subsidy ?

The process was launched in 20 districts in the first phase on June 1 2013. For details on which district it was launched refer to this document

Can I check whether my LPG number is linked with Aadhar ?

Yes you can .

 How will LPG subsidy work?
  • All LPG consumers would get an advance in their bank account as soon as they book the first subsidize cylinder even before delivery. This is to reduce their financial burden when they purchase the first LPG cylinder at market rate after launch of the scheme.
  • As soon as, the first cylinder is delivered to such consumers, subsidy eligible on date of delivery will again get credited in the bank account, which will then be available for the purchase of the next cylinder at the market rate.
  • The subsidy will be directly credited to their registered bank accounts through National Payment Corporation of India.
  • This way government will transfer close to Rs 4,000 to every household annually to enable people to buy nine cylinders of LPG at the current market price.

Market price will differ every month depending on international crude oil price, which will be known on the first of every month. Market Price of  cylinder(Indane) at various places in India can be found at Indane’s Tarrifs price webpage. Prices of other companies like HPGas, BharatGas will be similar.

 What are LPG transparency portals ?

To capture the complete details of customers and track their LPG consumption pattern with an aim to increase transparency in LPG supply chain, Oil Marketing Companies have made which is called as  a transparency portal which is hosted on their individual websites. These portals provide complete details of each customer with their consumer numbers, name, address, no. of cylinders supplied, dates of supply as well as the indicative subsidy amount for the cylinders supplied.  The portal and information on portal is given below :

Transparency Portal

Transparency Portal of HP Gas

Details at transparency portal

Details at transparency portal

Links for the transparency portals are:

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ReferencesBharatGas Aadhar webpage,  Hindustan Petrolum ,Indane Aadhar

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