Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, arrived at Ahmedabad to launch the Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat.
Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, arrived at Ahmedabad to launch the Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat. The new scheme is a backup to the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to distribute LPG connections among the rural areas where conventional fuel is used for domestic purposes. “Landed at Ahmedabad. Will be launching today the Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat : The Beginning of a Positive Change,” Pradhan posted on Twitter while confirming the development. As per TOI report, the centre plans to conduct one lakh LPG panchayats across the country in the next year-and-a-half. Pradhan along with Gujarat CM Vijaybhai R. Rupani will launch the first LPG panchayat at Isanpur-Mota village, Gandhinagar, confirmed state-level coordinator for the oil industry, Sanjeev Jain.
As per TOI report, Jain said that LPG panchayat will serve as an interactive platform for the inheritors of LPG cylinders under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). Moreover, for officials, NGOs and other stakeholders, to identify the issues faced by the rural population for using LPG.
Landed at Ahmedabad. Will be launching today the Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat : The Beginning of a Positive Change pic.twitter.com/749b2OFLaA
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) September 23, 2017
Jain said, “During the Panchayat, some 100 LPG customers of nearby areas will not just share their problems and give suggestions but also narrate their experiences in using cylinders,” the report added.
Other than addressing the rural issues, the centre also plans to include safe practices, quality of service provided by distributors, as part of the panchayat. While speaking to Sanjay Malhotra, general manager-LPG operations, Hindustan Petroleum, said that people living in rural areas are in denial to accept LPG as there are misconceptions about it.
However, within 16 months of the launch of PMUY by PM Modi, the oil industry facilitated LPG connections to some three crore beneficiaries. This includes some 11.39 lakh in Gujarat. A significant chunk of the targeted Rs 8,000 crore fund for PMUY comes from cooking gas users who gave up their LPG subsidies. According to government officials, some 1.13 crore users let go off their subsidies through the ‘Give it up’ initiative, added the TOI report.