HYDERABAD: K Renuka, who works as a helper in a private school, finally got an LPG connection on Tuesday, all thanks to ace international badminton player Jwala Gutta, who has given up her subsidy here on Tuesday.
Jwala Gutta, an Arjuna awardee, championed the ‘Give It Up’ movement in the city by appealing to people to give up their LPG subsidy. “I came to know about this ‘Give it Up’ programme just a couple of days ago. I am very happy to give up my subsidy for the benefit of these poor people who suffer because of pollution caused by using fuels like coal, firewood, and crop waste. I appeal everyone who can afford to give up their LPG subsidy.”
The event was organised by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL).
Renuka, who got a connection out of Jwala Gutta’s subsidy, said “I had no clue about this programme. I work as a helper in a school bus and when we reached the petrol bunk, I saw these banners about the programme. When I enquired, the BPCL officials who were present said that I can get a connection in this programme.”
Ashok Kumar, president of Gas Dealer’s Association, said “There are 110 distributors in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts. We are happy to inform that everyone of us have given up our subsidy for the benefit of poor.” Apart from Jwala Gutta, few other people also gave up their subsidy on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had formally launched the movement in March and appealed to all countrymen who can afford it, to come forward and give up their LPG subsidy.