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Feeling insecure ? Walking the tight rope of India's LPG Subsidies,Energy access & Energy Security

Created Sep 05 2018, 9:37 AM by Amitsinh Vaghela

 In 2015, nearly 780 million people, or more than 60 per cent of the Indian population, did not have access to clean cooking. Like many countries, the Government of India has attempted to address this by subsidizing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).Subsidies have promoted LPG among the poor—but continue to be used by the large middle-class population too, thereby increasing overall LPG consumption and subsidy costs. As consumption grows, India relies more and more on imported LPG, which poses important questions about energy security.What are the energy security risks of a growing reliance on LPG? What role do subsidies play? And what can countries like India do to mitigate energy security concerns without compromising energy access?India’s LPG subsidies[1]For many years, the Government of India has provided LPG consumption subsidies for all households, most recently through the PAHAL policy, where a cash subsidy is directly transferred to the bank account of consumers.In May...

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