Fri, 23 Nov 2012 17:30:00 GMT | By PTI

No subsidised LPG cylinders for mid-day meal scheme

The Centre will have to compensate the states to tide over the increase in the cost of cooking fuel if the subsidy available for the scheme is withdrawn


No subsidised LPG cylinders for mid-day meal scheme (© PTI)

New Delhi: The Petroleum Ministry has turned down a request of the HRD Ministry to allow supply of subsidised LPG cylinders for the mid-day meal programme.

“The request of the HRD Ministry has not been agreed to,” said Minister of State for HRD Shashi Tharoor.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, he said the Petroleum Ministry has advised that the additional burden could be compensated to the HRD Ministry through the budgetary provision for mid-day meal scheme.

The cap on LPG cylinders will put an additional burden of Rs 653 crore on the scheme.

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