Bengal amongst top states to release LPG connections under PMUY

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EOI CORRESPONDENT
KOLKATA/NEW DELHI
3 Jan 2017

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) scheme has been launched with a target of providing 1.5 crore gas connections to the women of poor families in the current financial year. The target of distributing 1.5 crore connections has been achieved within a period of 8 months across the nation.

R K Mohapatra, General Manager (West Bengal State Office) IndianOil, who is also the State Level Coordinator for Oil PSUs, informed on behalf of all Oil PSUs operating from Bengal that the State is amongst the top States in India to have benefitted from PMUY scheme. He added that till date Oil PSUs here have released approximately 19.5 lakh LPG connections to women of Below Poverty Line (BPL) families after the launch of the scheme. The top five states with the highest number of PMUY connections are Uttar Pradesh (46 lakh), West Bengal (19.5 lakh), Bihar (19 lakh), Madhya Pradesh (17 lakh) and Rajasthan (14 lakh). It is noteworthy that with the implementation of PMUY, the national LPG coverage has increased from 61 per cent (as on January 1, 2016) to 70 per cent (as on December 1, 2016).

He added that the success would not have been possible but for the relentless efforts of the Oil PSUs reseller network who have worked day and night working in the far flung villages to collect the KYC (Know Your Customers) forms from eligible BPL families.  Elaborating on the modus operandi, he highlighted that the beneficiaries are given the connections in a PMUY Melas, where along with providing connections under PMUY scheme, safety films are being shown for the safe usage of LPG and equipments to the beneficiaries.

Further, Mr Mohapatra added that to ease providing connection and refill payments after the demonetization, all the LPG distributors are in the process of installing MPOS and e-wallets like PayTm, Freecharge, MobiKwik, Oxigen, Jio etc. Till date around 30 LPG distributors in West Bengal have installed MPOS and more than 300 distributors have started e-wallets facility for the customers and we are hopeful that by January end all the distributors in West Bengal will be cashless. He also highlighted the Government’s initiative to Rs 5 discount per online refill payment to promote cashless transactions.