Contribute to air pollution
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Union Budget 2023 in Parliament on February 1, 2023. Common people have high expectations from this budget. Relief is expected in several ways, including tax cuts, income tax, education expenditure, reduction in prices of vegetables, food and cooking gas. Warrior Moms, a women’s organization, has written to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to reduce cooking gas prices. The share of domestic pollution in the total air pollution is said to be 30 to 50 percent. To bring it down to zero, the use of LPG will have to be encouraged, the cost per cylinder will have to be reduced.
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Make cooking gas affordable
National Citizen Action Group Warrior Moms has written to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman demanding provisions in the Union Budget 2023-24 to make cooking gas affordable to poor families across the country. The price of a gas cylinder is currently more than one thousand rupees. It should be reduced and the supply and distribution of LPG should be facilitated so that families in remote rural areas can benefit, the letter said.
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Grant should be increased
The letter said that the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) launched in 2016 has provided subsidized LPG connections to more than 8 crore households. But lack of subsidy and difficulty in getting cylinder refills on time is causing difficulties for lakhs of families. A demand was made to increase the subsidy of Rs 200 on gas cylinders.
5 thousand postcards
Warrior Moms said 5,000 postcards have been sent to Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Puri to reduce gas cylinder prices. Warrior Moms claims that over 20 dignitaries, including Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, TMC MP Saugata Roy, DMK MP D Ravikumar, National Conference MP Farooq Abdullah, NCP MP Vandana Chavan and Justice (retd) Anjana Prakash have endorsed their letter.