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Motion for a Policy to substitute LPG import by promoting the use of electrical energy and home appliances (oven).

Posted on :20 June 2019

The Member from Bardo-Trong constituency moved the motion for a Policy to substitute LPG import by promoting the use of electrical energy and home appliances (oven). The Member of Bartsham_Shongphu constituency supported the motion.

 

The Member submitted that Bhutan import 700 MT of subsidised LPG and 1000 MT of Non-subsidised LPG every month. The basic public services delivery has remained the same since 2012, whereas the number of households have increased by about 30% from 2013 to 2018 thereby increasing the demand for LPG drastically. The issues with cooking gas and LPG shortage problem has persisted for years and it's now wide-spreading across the country. The Member submitted that all the initiatives and the efforts to solve the issues till now have not worked well and will not work well if the root cause of LPG shortage is not addressed.

 

The root causes being the people’s choices for subsidized LPG, short supply of LPG (subsidized and unsubsidized) in the market and inefficient distribution system, the Member moved two motions to address the root causes.

 

The House passed the motion for adoption of a policy to substitute LPG import by promoting the use of our clean electric energy and electrical home appliances (oven, etc.) with a waiver  of existing 20% Custom duty and 5% sales tax on spare parts with 34 Yes Votes, 5 No Votes and 3 Abstaining out of 42 Members present and voting.

 

The second motion regarding the improvement and enhancement of the availability of subsidized rural electricity got 36 Yes votes, 4 No votes and 2 abstain out of 42 Members present and voting, there by passing the motion.

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