1. Ujjwala scheme: here’s why stray LPG cylinder blasts should not derail initiative

Ujjwala scheme: here’s why stray LPG cylinder blasts should not derail initiative

Safety checks are needed to ensure stray LPG cylinder explosions don’t derail Ujjwala scheme

By: | Published: October 26, 2016 6:36 AM

While the government is trying to stem the leakage of subsidies in the LPG distribution—with the recently launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to provide free cylinders to women from BPL families—there is another leak that is having devastating consequences.

A gas-leak linked explosion reportedly caused the death of an entire family that has received the Ujjwala connection in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur.

According to The Economic Times, LPG distributors are threatening a strike after one of the distributors was arrested in connection with the incident.

The federation of distributors highlights that 90% of the BPL households don’t follow the basic safety norms and are not equipped for using gas connections in the face of conditions like shared kitchen and living space, kuccha house and a lack of concrete slab for cooking.

Though the government has been creating awareness about the usage of LPG cylinders, it has to ensure that checks and balances are in place once these are installed.

A part of the problem stems from distributors as well, owing to faulty cylinders—they have to also ensure that parts like tubes, regulators are not faulty.

But the greater burden of safety lies in ensuring that ISI-marked stoves are made mandatory, stoves are placed on the same level as the cylinder’s outlet, etc, before distributing connections.

A good example to follow would be the IGL gas pipeline example, where the company doesn’t provide connections without due diligence.

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