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Government to distribute subsidized cooking gas to poor households in the next two years

About 4.4 million households to benefit from subsidized cooking gas cylinders as government approves LPG growth policy.

The Government will distribute subsidized LPG gas cylinders to poor households in the next two years. 

About 4.4 million households are set to benefit from the ambitious plan approved by cabinet on Monday, 9, October, 2023. 

The Government says the ultimate goal is to transition households from the use of dirty fuels such as biomass and kerosene.

While making the proposal, Cabinet observed that as it stands, 70 percent of Kenyans rely on inefficient and polluting biomass and kerosene for cooking. 

The government said that the proposals aim to reduce consumer prices, enhance transparency, and improve public safety, contributing to public health and environmental sustainability.

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During the Cabinet meeting held at Kisumu State Lodge, the executive also ratified plan to have Kenyans install cooking gas taps.

In a Cabinet dispatch, State House said the proposal will be a requirement for all houses being constructed under the Affordable Housing program.

“The proposals will further encompass establishing common-user LPG import terminals, distributing subsidized LPG cylinders to low-income households, promoting the use of LPG in institutions, facilitated by partnerships with finance institutions,” the cabinet dispatch reads.

The changes are part of a cooking gas Growth Policy that the cabinet approved that seeks to transition Kenyan households from using traditional fuels to modern and efficient LPG.

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