India becomes second largest LPG importer

India has become the world’s second largest importer of liquefied petroleum gas as its government continues to push cleaner alternatives to traditional cooking fuels such as firewood and cow dung.

According to a recent Times of India report, Oil minister Dharmendra  Pradhan says imports of LPG grew 12.5 per cent over the past five years to 12 million metric tons, surpassing Japan and putting India in second place behind China.

A rise of demand of 34 per cent is projected from 2014 to 2025 with imports coming mainly from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Iran.

The government has taken a number of initiatives to promote the use of LPG across the country especially in rural households which otherwise depend on traditional fuels that are polluting and hazardous to health. Free cooking gas connections have been provided to millions of poor households since the scheme began in May 2016. The LPG connection is issued in the name of the women member of the household.