VISAKHAPATNAM : The State Government has launched another welfare scheme ‘CSR Free LPG’ to ensure zero usage of subsidised kerosene in the state. This scheme has been launched for the first time in the country to distribute free LPG connections to families depending on kerosene and fire wood. As a CSR initiative, the State Government will present free LPG connections under this scheme.
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As part of the programme, director of Civil Supplies G Ravi Babu held a meeting with the officials of HPCL, BPCL, IOCL Friday. Addressing the meeting, Ravi Babu said that beneficiaries who wish to get free LPG connections can register their names online. He directed the officials to prepare a list of families who do not have LPG connections.
Under the Deepam scheme, the government distributed 26 lakh LPG connections in 1999 which have increased to a whopping 95 lakh till now. According to the estimates, there is a need of another 73 lakh LPG connections to ensure zero usage of subsidised kerosene in the state, Ravi Babu said.
Joint collector J Nivas said that the beneficiary should have aadhar and ration card to get free LPG. They can apply through all the 412 mee-seva centres in the district by paying `10, he informed.
Paderu sub-collector Prasanna Venkatesh suggested that awareness programmes on LPG utilisation should be taken up for the benefit of tribals and also added that 5 kg LPG connections should be distributed to the tribal families.