PM hands LPG lines to Paradip BPL fam­i­lies

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On the oc­ca­sion of ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony of In­di­anoil’s Paradip Re­fin­ery to the Na­tion, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has re­leased LPG con­nec­tions to ben­e­fi­cia­ries in the below poverty line (BPL) seg­ment. Un­der the “Give­back” scheme, he handed over the LPG con­nec­tion doc­u­ments to Mrs Khu­lana Mo­hanty, Mrs San­jukta Be­hera and Mrs Bharati Be­hera to mark the oc­ca­sion.

Be­sides this the oil mar­ket­ing com­pa­nies (OMCS) had also put up a sep­a­rate camp wherein about 75 “Give Back” ben­e­fi­cia­ries were handed over new LPG con­nec­tion doc­u­ments. The ded­i­ca­tion of In­di­anoil’s Paradip Re­fin­ery, also wit­nessed the re­lease of 2000 new con­nec­tions to BPL fam­i­lies by OMCS un­der the “Give Back” scheme through their dis­trib­u­tor­ship net­work spread across the state of Odisha. Till now, the OMCS have re­leased about 4.5 lakh LPG con­nec­tions to BPL ben­e­fi­cia­ries in Odisha un­der “Give Back” scheme.

This has come af­ter the Prime Min­is­ter’s ap­peal to give up their LPG sub­sidy. The ap­peal has borne fruit as ev­i­dent from the lat­est fig­ures which show that as many as 68 lakh peo­ple have al­ready given up their LPG sub­si­dies since his first ap­peal in March 2015. He had promised that the sub­sidy sav­ings would be utilised "to give back LPG con­nec­tions to poor fam­i­lies." Till now, 57 lakh fam­i­lies fall­ing un­der BPL cat­e­gory on an all In­dia level have re­ceived LPG con­nec­tions un­der “Give back" scheme.

The Min­is­ter of State for Pe­tro­leum & Nat­u­ral Gas (In­de­pen­dent Charge), Sh. Dhar­men­dra Prad­han, who has played a key role in im­ple­ment­ing the scheme, was also present on the oc­ca­sion. Terming it as an in­no­va­tive way of gov­er­nance, Mos(i/c)said that the ini­tia­tives taken by Pe­tro­leum Min­istry in 2015 have en­hanced cov­er­age of LPG and ex­tended bet­ter ser­vices to cus­tomers.

All the pol­icy ini­tia­tives im­ple­mented by the govern­ment in LPG sec­tor have taken coun­try closer to the tar­get of achiev­ing 75% LPG pen­e­tra­tion, he added. Ear­lier, he had de­clared 2016 as ‘Year of the LPG con­sumer’ on Jan­uary 1, 2016, at the launch of ‘1906’: the 24x7 LPG Emer­gency Helpline.

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