Last updated: 17 October 2022 at 21:35 CET
Ahmedabad (Ahmadabad) [Ahmedabad]India
Ahead of Gujarat’s general elections, which are due to be held shortly, the provincial government led by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) announced on Monday that it would provide two free LPG bottles per year to every household. Gujarat Education Minister Jitu Vaghani made the announcement while saying that the citizens and housewives would receive Rs 1,000 in relief funds.
Vaghani explained that Gujarat has around 38 lakh housewives and said the decision on the free LPG was made with them in mind. He added that a sum of up to Rs. 1,700 will reach every household in Gujarat under the scheme and that a total of Rs. 650 billion has been allocated for its implementation.
Earlier Monday, Vaghani also announced a 10 percent reduction in value-added tax (VAT) on compressed natural gas (CNG) and pipelined natural gas (PNG).
“If we consider a 10 per cent reduction in CNG there would be a benefit of 6-7 rupees per kg. Similarly, on PNG there will be an advantage of 5-5.50 rupees per kilo,” an ANI report quoted the minister as saying. He called this provincial government announcement massive and also regarded it as a Diwali gift from the provincial government.
The VAT reduction on CNG and PNG is intended to benefit the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujwala Yojana, he added.
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