Two of every three families in villages used firewood for cooking during July, 2011 to June, 2012 period whereas in cities, only 14 percent families were dependent on it, says a government report.
"At all India level, firewood and chips were used by more than two-third (67.35) of rural households, followed by LPG, which was used by 15 percent households," said a National Sample Survey Organisation study based on NSS 68th round of survey carried out during July, 2011 to June, 2012.
According to the study titled ‘Energy Sources of Indian Households for Cooking and Lighting 2011-12’, only 9.6 percent and 1.1 percent of the rural households used dung cake and coke and coal, respectively, as primary source of energy for cooking.
However, 1.3 percent rural families did not have any arrangement for cooking. It said that in cities, LPG (cooking gas) was used by 68.4 percent of the urban households at all-India level, followed by firewood and chips, used by 14 per cent families.
About 5.7 percent families used kerosene whereas 6.9 percent households did not have any arrangement for cooking.