This is because the Centre is working on a plan to allow sale of such items to increase the financial viability of over 5.3 lakh fair-price shops across the country. Small LPG cylinders are typically those which are less than 14.2 kilograms.
The most common small LPG cylinder is the one which weighs 5 kilograms.
The decision to devise a plan to allow ration shops across the country to sell gas cylinders and financial products was discussed at a virtual meeting that food secretary Sudhanshu Pandey held with representatives of state governments and other line ministries. The ministries include that of electronics and IT; finance; and petroleum and natural gas.
Already, the Centre allows Common Service Centres (CSC) to retail small LPG cylinders of less than 14.2 kilograms.
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