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Pradhan pushes OMCs for the delivery of free LPG cylinders

Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan (PMGKY) package, over 8 crore PM Ujjwala Yojna beneficiaries are eligible to get 3 free LPG cylinders over the next 3 months

New Delhi: Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has called upon all the stakeholders in the LPG cylinder supply chain to work diligently and in a systematic manner to speedily increase the delivery of free refills to PM Ujjwala Yojna (PMUY) beneficiaries. Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan (PMGKY) package, over 8 crore PMUY beneficiaries are eligible to get 3 free LPG cylinders over the next 3 months.

In a meeting via VC (Video Conferencing) with District Nodal Officers (DNOs) of Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) across the country today, Pradhan said that during such an unprecedented crisis due to COVID-19 and lockdown, the Government has provided a package for the poor, and free LPG cylinders for them is an important component of it. He said that in the initial three weeks of April, about 40% beneficiaries have got their cylinder, which shows that the speed of cylinder booking and distribution has to show massive jump, to achieve the target. He called upon the DNOs to adopt the best practices, work according to a targeted plan, and enhance their efforts.

“During such an unprecedented crisis due to COVID-19 and lockdown, the Government has provided a package for the poor, and free LPG cylinders for them is an important component of it”- Dharmendra Pradhan, Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Minister

The Minister said that there should not be any compromise on providing the door delivery, and cautioned that there should not be any complaint of extra charges. He said that PMUY beneficiaries are the top priority, but supply to other regular customers should not be affected either.

DNOs, in their interaction, said that they have resorted to many innovative ideas, to reach people, help the customers draw money from their accounts, and book the cylinders. They are using various means to make people aware of the scheme and the procedure for the same. Some of them are also resorting to flexible timings and taking the help of Kirana stores, the district administration in their endeavour.

Pradhan expressed his grief at the unfortunate death of an LPG delivery boy in an incident of attack by robbers in Supaul, Bihar. One minute silence was observed before the start of the meeting to pray for the departed soul. He also instructed concerned officers to ensure his family is taken care of and gets all relief due to them.