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Govt still to decide on raising LPG cap, says Veerappa Moily

A day after the Election Commission rapped him for making announcement about revision in LPG cap, Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily said the government has not yet taken any decision on the matter.

BT Online Bureau | December 12, 2012 | Updated 15:51 IST

A day after the Election Commission rapped him for making announcement about revision in LPG cap , Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily said the government has not yet taken any decision on the matter.

The minister said the government had consistently maintained that the decision to cap supply of subsidised cooking gas (LPG) to six cylinders per household in a year is under review following widespread demands and he had reiterated the same position in reply to media queries on sidelines of a CII function in New Delhi on Tuesday.

"If the proposals had been concretised and it was to be announced or decision was to be taken... I would have definitely written to Election Commission of India," Moily told reporters in New Delhi.

The Election Commission had taken a strong exception to Moily's statements ahead of elections in Gujarat, that the cap would be increased to nine cylinders, and sought his explanation.

"Not that I would like to do anything for political gain behind the back of Election Commission. That is not our intention. We are very clear about it. We are very transparent and objective about it," the minister said.

In his formal response, Moily said: "The government is yet to take a decision in the matter. As such my response to media queries should not be treated as an announcement regarding decision of the government. I would like to assure you that due regard to the applicable rules and procedures of the Election Commission of India shall be given as and when a decision in this regard is taken by the government."

Talking to reporters, Moily said there have been widespread demands - including from about 100 Congress MPs, several chief ministers and union ministers - for revisiting the decision as only six cylinders per household was "not practical and away from reality".

"Concerns had to be addressed today or tomorrow. But at the same time, I am conscious that I would not have done anything without writing to the Election Commission of India," he added.

With inputs from PTI

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