Prices of domestically used subsidized LPG cylinders were raised by over Rs 2 after the government increased dealer commission, reported PTI. Following the order issued by the oil ministry, a 14.2 kg subsidized LPG cylinder will now cost Rs 507.42 instead of Rs 505.34 in Delhi, as per a notification on a state-owned oil marketer's website. In Mumbai, a 14.2 kg subsidized LPG cylinder now costs Rs 505.05 while in Kolkata it is priced at Rs 510.70 and Rs 495.39 in Chennai.
"Pending finalisation of De-Novo Study for revision of LPG distributors' commission and taking into consideration the increase in transportation costs, wages etc, it has been decided to revise the distributors' commission to Rs 50.58 per 14.2 kg cylinder and Rs 25.29 per 5 kg cylinder as an interim measure," the order from the Oil Ministry said. The last fixed commission was at Rs 48.89 and Rs 24.20 for a 14.2-kg cylinder and 5-kg cylinder, respectively, in September 2017.
LPG cylinder rates are revised on the first day of every month. This is the second increase in the current month, the earlier one being on November 1, when prices went up by Rs 2.94 per cylinder because of tax component on the base price. Since June rates have gone up every month because of the GST paid on higher base price and cumulatively prices have risen by Rs 16.21. Rates differ from state to state depending on local taxes and transportation cost.