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LPG connections to 75 lakh Odisha families by Dec 2018

Bhubaneswar, Sep 6: The Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry has decided to provide LPG connections to 75 lakh families in Odisha by December 2018.

To achieve the target the Ministry has decided to release 30 lakh new LPG connections under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) and 10 lakh under normal release (APL).

IOCL Chief LPG Manager and PMUY Nodal Officer G Swaminathan on Tuesday told reporters here that functions will be held in panchayat levels across the State where LPG connections will be provided to the beneficiaries.

“Union PNG Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has strictly instructed to ensure LPG connections to at least 70 percent households in Odisha by December 2018. For smooth execution of the initiative and also meet the target, we have decided to orgnaise PMUY functions in panchayats closer to the beneficiaries,” said Swaminathan.

Distributors and distribution companies will talk to the villagers directly thereby keeping middlemen at bay. The experts will also educate and make aware the people about the safe use of gas, added the officer. 

The scheme is aimed at replacing the unclean cooking fuels mostly used in the rural India with the clean and more efficient LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas).

He said that the LPG connection percentage has increased to 40 percent in the State now. Earlier, only 24 percent households have LPG connections in Odisha.
He nearly 15,000 new connections were provided to beneficiaries between July and August this year across the State. 

Notably, the Union Government has set a target of 5 crore LPG connections to be distributed to the BPL households across the country under the scheme.

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