Aadhaar E-KYC Verification Ensures Authentic LPG Cylinder Distribution

The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has implemented Aadhaar-based e-KYC verification for LPG customers to curb fraudulent activities involving commercial LPG cylinders.

This move aims to ensure that LPG cylinders intended for household use are not misused for commercial purposes.

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Verification Process

Petroleum marketing companies are conducting e-KYC verification through Aadhaar to identify and eliminate fake customers who might misuse cylinders meant for household use.

This process has been ongoing for over eight months, emphasizing its importance in maintaining the integrity of LPG distribution.

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Impact on Pricing and Availability

Household vs Commercial Rates:

Household Cylinder: 14.2 kg at ₹803 (approx. ₹56.5 per kg)

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Commercial Cylinder: 19 kg at ₹1,646 (approx. ₹86.3 per kg)

Minister’s Statement

In response to concerns raised by leaders like V D Satheeshan, who highlighted potential challenges for consumers, Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri clarified that verification ensures valid distribution channels.

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The verification process involves gas distributors verifying customer identities via Aadhaar using mobile apps or at distributor showrooms.

Customer Convenience

Customers can complete their eKYC through the gas distributor’s app or visit distributor showrooms for verification.

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This ensures compliance while providing flexibility for consumers in managing their LPG accounts.

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