The government is planning to launch 2-kg LPG bottles at kirana stores even as it introduced online booking of new connections for subsidised cooking fuel.

“We are now planning to introduce a 2-kg cylinder that can be easily carried… this will be particularly beneficial for the rural people and poor who cannot afford to pay the price of a 14.2-kg or even 5-kg cylinder,” Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said in Delhi.

New subsidised connections of 5-kg cylinders in rural as well as far flung areas will be issued in first place. “Consumers can now book a new connection online. It will be verified within 48 hours and a person from the nearest LPG agency will deliver a new connection at the doorstep in next 3-4 days,” he said.

“On an average 50,000 people from all works of life are giving subsidy… the target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one crore,” Mr. Pradhan said.