Oil Min­is­ter, Team to Hit the Road for District-Wise En­ergy Sur­vey

The sur­vey­ors, in­clud­ing ex­ecs of oil cos, will gauge en­ergy in­fra, cash­less fa­cil­i­ties and LPG sup­ply across the coun­try

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New Delhi: Oil min­is­ter Dhar­men­dra Prad­han, se­nior of­fi­cers of his min­istry and ex­ec­u­tives of state-run oil com­pa­nies will fan out in al­most all the dis­tricts of the coun­try over the next 40 days to gauge en­ergy in­fra­struc­ture, avail­abil­ity of cash­less fa­cil­i­ties and is­sues of cook­ing gas sup­plies.

About 20 oil min­istry of­fi­cials of the rank of deputy sec­re­tary and above and ex­ec­u­tives of the rank of gen­eral man­agers and above at five state-run oil com­pa­nies will par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gramme that would cover 670 dis­tricts, ac­cord­ing to an oil min­istry of­fi­cial.

Prad­han will visit Da­tia in Mad­hya Pradesh while pe­tro­leum sec­re­tary Kapil Dev Tri­pathi is slated to visit Al­war in Ra­jasthan. Ad­di­tional sec­re­taries, joint se- cre­taries and other of­fi­cers have been as­signed one district each. Ex­ec­u­tives of Oil and Nat­u­ral Gas Cor­po­ra­tion, Oil In­dia, In­dian Oil Cor­po­ra­tion, Hin­dus­tan Pe­tro­leum and Bharat Pe­tro­leum too have to visit a district each. On their visit, every­one will carry a four-page sur­vey sheet that will have to be filled with in­for­ma­tion from the re­spec­tive district on re­finer­ies, ter­mi­nals, stor­age tanks, LPG bot­tling plants, avi­a­tion sta­tions, re­tails out­lets, kerosene and LPG deal­er­ships, LPG cov­er­age, Ujjwala Yojna ben­e­fi­cia­ries, has­sles faced in ob­tain­ing con­nec­tions un­der Ujjwala, feed­back from ru­ral ben­e­fi­cia­ries, cash­less trans­ac­tions fa­cil­i­ties and rate of such trans­ac­tions.

The of­fi­cials and the ex­ec­u­tives will meet con­sumers, dis­trib­u­tors, district ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials and other stake­hold­ers to un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion on the ground and how com­pa­nies are cater­ing to the lo­cal de­mand and im­ple­ment­ing the gov­ern­ment pro­gramme such as Ujjwala Yojna where poor get sub­sidised cook­ing gas con­nec­tion, or the of­fi­cial push to­wards dig­i­tal pay­ments.

“The idea be­hind is to un­der­stand the ad­e­quacy of the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture to meet pe­tro­leum de­mand in each district. Based on the out­come of this ex­erci-


Of­fi­cials to meet con­sumers, dis­trib­u­tors, district of­fi­cials and other stake­hold­ers

se, we will in­ter­vene wher­ever nec­es­sary to make sup­plies bet­ter,” the oil min­istry of­fi­cial said.

The vis­its, which have just be­gun, will con­clude by March-end. Most vis­its are be­ing un­der­taken in Fe­bru­ary. States such as Ut­tar Pradesh, Ut­tarak­hand, Pun­jab and Goa, where assem­bly elec­tions are un­der­way, will be cov­ered af­ter the re­sults are out on March 11.

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