FCB staffs surrender 61 subsidized LPG cylinders to mark Foundation Day

The staffs of the Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited (FCBL) have surrendered 61 subsidized Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders to avail non-subsidized LPG cylinders through “Our Gyenkhu: Citizen’s Initiative for the Benefit of Rural and Underprivileged Households in Bhutan” while marking FCB’s 45th Foundation Day.

FCB is the first agency to come forward in Phuentsholing and FCB’s surrendering of subsidized LGP is to lead by example to other agencies and individuals.

The Director of Corporate Business, Dorji Tashi said, “It should be understood that with the limited availability of the LPG and the nation’s concern to help rural communities, we must step forward in supporting the state’s decision. We feel privileged to surrender the LPG to mark our Foundation Day.” Also few other staffs have bought new non-subsidized cylinders.

Bhutan receives a quota of 700MT of subsidized LPG per month from Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) under authorization from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India (GoI).

Recognizing the growing demand for LPG, since February 2018, the Department of Trade had rolled out non-subsidized LPG with an objective to provide more access to subsidized LPG for rural and low-income households. Having limited consumers for the non-subsidized LPG is thereby continuing to limit access to the underprivileged households with low income.

Our Gyenkhu is a citizen’s initiative of voluntarily switching from subsidized to nonsubsidized LPG launched on April this year.

It aims to inspire leaders, households and individuals to voluntarily surrender their subsidized LPG and switch to non-subsidized LPG. The surrendered subsidized cylinders are distributed to the rural and underprivileged households.

The refill price difference between subsidized and non-subsidized LPG in Thimphu is around Nu 294 per cylinder.

Following the launch of “Our Gyenkhu: Citizen’s Initiative for the Benefit of Rural and Underprivileged Households in Bhutan,” a total of 28 individuals including the Heads of Department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Chiefs and other officials have already voluntarily surrendered their subsidized LPG for non-subsidized LPG.

Department of Trade’s Regional Director Pem Bidha lauded the initiative by FCB as an example for other sectors to follow. “It’s very noble and we thank them. We hope the others will follow and support ‘Our Gyenkhu’,” she said.

Today, apart from subsidized gas cylinders, Bhutan receives 1,000MT of non-subsidized gas cylinders and 500MT of commercial LPG cylinders every month from the Government of India. Of the 700MT of subsidized LPG received per month, 460MT per month is allocated for the western region and 120MT each per month for the eastern & central regions.

Krishna Ghalley from Phuentsholing