Are Churches commercial ventures for LPG?

GOANEWS & PTI, PANAJI | 08 April 2013 23:19 IST

Goa Vikas Party MLA Caitan Silva has complained that the LPG gas cylinder agencies are charging commercial rate for gas cylinders supplied to Churches in Goa.

The MLA of Benaulim, the heart of Christian-dominated constituencies of Salcete, has urged the Bharatiya Janata Party government to take up the issue at the centre.

"Priests had supported BJP-led coalition during the assembly election. Don't punish them for supporting you," Silva, whose party has supported the ruling government, said. 

Silva said that state civil supplies ministry should take up the issue with the union government and exclude priests from being charged commercial rates. 

“Priests in the Churches do not use LPG gas cylinders for commercial purpose”, he pointed out.

"I am not sure whether priests at temples are also charged commercial rate. If that is so, the government should intervene," the legislator said. 

The union government had revised its LPG policy last September and restricted the supply of subsidised domestic LPG cylinders to six per household in a year.

The ministry also did not offer any subsidy to other entities, which are required to pay commercial rate - more than double the subsidised price. 

The cap on the subsidised domestic LPG cylinders, from 1 April, has been increased from six to nine. 

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