The Area committees of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) organised marchs to the Civil Supplies offices and various central government offices in Kerala on Wednesday to protest against the Centre’s decision to put a cap on the number of subsidised LPG cylinders.The activists demanded that the cap on subsidised LPG should be raised from six to 12 cylinders.
The CPI(M) Kerala state committee has called for a mass agitation against the decision to restrict the supply of LPG cylinders and to slash subsidy which will make cooking gas dearer. It also demanded immediate withdrawal of the Union government decision to restrict LPG to six cylinders for apartment complexes. Its worst casualty would be the lakhs of people living in flats. CPIM called there should be an agitation till each family was assured of 12 LPG cylinders a year.
CPIM blamed oil companies for the recent changes in government policy on the supply of cooking gas and alleged that the companies effected the changes with an eye on profit. The steep price increase had caused cooking gas scarcity and acute shortage of LPG cylinders. Many found it difficult to cook at home.