IOCL to distribute new LPG connections under Gram Swaraj Abhiyan


  • IOCL to distribute new LPG connections under Gram Swaraj Abhiyan
15-04-2018 | Pratidin Bureau. |

Under the scheme Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) Indian Oil Corporation has decided to distribute 6.55 lakh new LPG connections to women belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) category across 6,741 villages in the northeast to make the rural households smoke free.

Indian Oil Corporation Chief General Manager (IndianOil-AOD) Uttiya Bhattacharyya said, "We have launched our scheme to make these villages smokeless. Under this initiative, which was announced by the Prime Minister, we will give LPG connections in the name of women in the houses".

Under the scheme, the company will be handing over LPG connections to 6.55 lakh families across 6,741 villages in the northeast, including 2.4 lakh new connections in 3,042 villages in Assam, he added.

Bhattacharyya said, "The scheme is beginning today and will end on May 5. In the scheme, the selection of woman beneficiary will be from the BPL families identified from the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) list or from any of these categories - SC/ST households, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin), Antyodaya Anna Yojana, forest dwellers, Most Backward Classes, tea and ex-tea garden tribes and people residing in island and river islands".

Under this scheme, it will require about Rs 110 crore investment from IOCL’s part for implementing the project in 80 districts of the region. The amount invested will start recovering from the delivery of the seventh cylinder to the beneficiary, he said.

The senior official informed that the company has been gearing up to meet this additional demand for the last few months and is ready to handle the extra load of cylinders due to this scheme.

The official informed that they have 10 bottling plants across North East which are at present functioning at over 100 per cent utilisation rate. They are increasing their capacity at all plants gradually which they estimate will support the additional load.

Tags : IOCL LPG Gram Swaraj Abhiyan Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin) Assam


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