A sub-committee under Industry, Commerce and Consumer Welfare Committee of legislature-parliament has suggested to the government to provide 10 cylinders of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to each household annually at subsidized rate.
Presenting its 34-point suggestions on Thursday, the sub-committee led by Narayan Bahadur Karki said household consuming more than 10 cylinders will have to pay market price for LPG. Commercial consumers like hotels and restaurants will not get any subsidy.
“Price of LPG for commercial and household consumers should be made different,” Karki said.
The sub-committee has suggested to the government to immediately hold talks with concerned stakeholders and prepare a guideline for implementing subsidy on LP gas.
Though the government has been trying to implement dual pricing system on LPG since long, it has been failing to implement it so far.
“The government needs to do plenty of groundwork to implement LPG dual-pricing. It needs to classify dealers, identify consumers who are in need of subsidy, and put in place a transparent mechanism for monitoring of subsidy distribution,” added Karki.
Other members of the committee, however, proposed giving 12 cylinders to each household annually at subsidized rate.
Karki said the committee will endorse the report after suggestions of concerned stakeholders and forward it to the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS) for implementation.
Sudharshan Khadka, secretary of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Welfare Committee, said they will forward the report to MoCS for implementation once it is endorsed by the committee. “We will also ask NOC to prepare guidelines for implementation of LPG subsidy,” he added.
Endorsement of Petroleum Act, restructuring of NOC, increasing storage capacity of LP Gas and other petroleum products, making NOC management committee and its board members accountable, allowing Nepali companies to transport LP Gas through their own bullets, among others, are the other suggestions given by the sub-committee.