Over 35 lakh LPG connection distributed in State: OMCs

Bhubaneswar, Dec 25: Oil Marketing Companies in Odisha have distributed a total 35.36 lakhs LPG connection under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna scheme by Dec 24 this year.

          SLC (Odisha) for Minstry of Petroleum & Natural Gas and CGM I/C IOCL Odisha Pritish Bharat , DGM LPG HPCL Dharmendra Behura, State Head (LPG), BPCL-Odisha and Jharkhand Sanjay Sharma,  GM (LPG), IOCL, Odisha Sanjay Kumar Jha informed this at a press conference organised by Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) in  this regard today.

They said this year in March 2018, the categories of beneficiaries under PMUY  was expanded to cover 7 new categories viz SC/STs households, beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) (Gramin), Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY), Forest dwellers, Most Backward Classes (MBC), Tea & Ex-Tea Garden Tribes, people residing in Islands / river islands.

Notably, the petroleum Ministry introduced the scheme for which budgetary provision of Rs 12,800 crore was provided for releasing five crore LPG connections to women member of BPL households by March 2019 and additional three crore by March 2020.

The scheme was formally launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Balia (Uttar Pradesh) on May 1, 2016.

Since inception till 15.12.18,Industry released more than 5.8 crore LPG connections on all India basis under the scheme.

Recently, in order to give universal access of clean cooking fuel LPG in the country the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister, has cleared a proposal to release deposit free LPG connections to poor families, who were not getting considered earlier for release of LPG connections under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) on account of their names not appearing either in Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) list or the seven identified categories i.e. SC/STs households, beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(PMAY) (Gramin), Antyodaya Anna Yojana(AAY), Forest dwellers, Most Backward Classes (MBC), Tea & Ex-Tea Garden Tribes, people residing in Islands / river islands.

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