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LPG Prices have been Hiked

Domestic cooking gas LPG prices have been hiked by over Rs. 2 per cylinder after the government increased the commission paid to LPG dealers.

Domestic cooking gas, LPG prices have been hiked by over Rs. 2 per cylinder after the government increased the commission paid to LPG dealers.

A 14.2-kg subsidised LPG cylinder in Delhi will now cost Rs. 507.42 as against Rs. 505.34 previously, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers.

This followed an order of the Oil Ministry that raised the dealer’s commission. In that order, the ministry said the domestic LPG distributors’ commission for 14.2-kg cylinder and 5-kg cylinder was last fixed at Rs. 48.89 and Rs. 24.20 respectively in September 2017.

“Pending finalisation of De-Novo Study for revision of LPG distributors’ commission and taking into consideration the increase in transportation costs, wages etc, it has been decided to revise the distributors’ commission to Rs. 50.58 per 14.2 kg cylinder and Rs. 25.29 per 5 kg cylinder as an interim measure,” the order said.

This is the second increase in rates this month, the earlier one being on November 1, when prices went up by Rs. 2.94 per cylinder because of tax component on base price.

Since June rates have gone up every month because of the GST paid on higher base price and cumulatively prices have risen by Rs. 16.21.

In Mumbai, a 14.2-kg LPG cylinder now costs Rs. 505.05 while in Kolkata it is priced at Rs. 510.70. Chennai has a price of Rs. 495.39.

Rates differ from state to state depending on local taxes and transportation cost.

The new dealer’s commission will be made up of Rs. 30.08 establishment charges and Rs. 20.50 delivery charges for a 14.2-kg cylinder.

For 5 kg cylinder, the establishment charges have been fixed at Rs. 15.04 and the rest Rs. 10.25 are delivery charges, the ministry order said.

Customers who collect their refills directly from distributor’s premises will continue not to be charged for delivery, it said.

Before the hike, the dealer’s commission was made up of Rs. 29.39 establishment charges and Rs. 19.50 delivery charges for a 14.2-kg cylinder. For 5 kg bottle, the establishment charges were Rs. 14.70 and delivery charges Rs. 9.50.

All LPG consumers have to buy the fuel at market price. The government, however, subsidises 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each per households in a year by providing the subsidy amount directly in bank accounts of users.

This subsidy amount varies from month to month depending on the changes in the average international benchmark LPG rate and foreign exchange rate.

When international rates move up, the government provides a higher subsidy. But as per tax rules, GST on LPG has to be calculated at the market rate of the fuel. The government may choose to subsidise a part of the price but tax will have to be paid at market rates.

This has led to an increase in price.

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