The Centre has already made it clear that each family/consumer will be given only six subsidised LPG cylinders per year. Following the announcement, the entire opposition and some constituents of the ruling coalition had taken to the streets in protest.
The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress demanded that at least 12 subsidised cylinders should be provided to every consumer in a year but the government's refusal to roll back the decision drove the TMC out of the UPA.
Now the common man's woes have been compounded by the decision of the oil companies to hike the prices of non-subsidised cylinders.
Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation said yesterday that henceforth one would have to cough up nearly Rs 130 to Rs 200 more for a non-subsidised LPG refill.
A non-subsidised LPG cylinder that was hitherto available in the national capital for Rs 753.50 will accordingly cost Rs 883.50. In states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, consumers will have to shell out nearly Rs 900 for the same.
What is more, the oil marketing companies have decided to revise the prices on the first day of every month. This means that the consumers may be forced to pay even more in the future.
Commercial cooking gas cylinders have also turned costly. In Delhi, the price of a 19.2 kg commercial refill has been increased from Rs 910 to Rs 1062.