BHUBANESWAR: Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday launched the sale of 5-Kg cylinder for the benefit of BPL families and others in the city.
Launching the expanded corporate social responsibility (CSR) scheme to cover BPL families living in urban areas at Salia Sahi, one of the bigest slum in the city, Pradhan said all BPL families will be get LPG connection without payment of security deposit for cylinder and pressure regulator.
He urged the people to take benefit of the scheme which is available up to March 31. The scheme will benefit BPL families in urban areas by making clean fuel affordable and accessible.
Presently, oil marketing companies are charging security deposit of `1450 and `150 for pressure regulator for a new connection of 14.2 Kg LPG cylinder while the charges for a 5-Kg cylinder is `500 (`350 security deposit and `150 for regulator).
However, the beneficiary under the CSR scheme will be charged for the first and subsequent refill.
Pradhan also launched the sale of 5-Kg cylinders under free trade LPG (FTL) to cater to LPG requirements of all sections of the society including economically weaker families, students and migrant labourers who do not have proof of address due to acquiring residence on temporary basis.
Such people can buy 5-Kg LPG cylinder at market price. To begin with, 5 Kg LPG cylinders under FTL scheme would be available at nine retail outlets in Bhubaneswar, four retail outlets in Cuttack. Subsequently, the sale of cylinder under FTL scheme is proposed at various locations of Udyan Fresh outlets in Bhubaneswar.
Pradhan handed over necessary documents to some beneficiaries of the scheme and said sale of less than 5-Kg cylinder is under active consideration of the oil marketing companies.
The Union Minister said LPG is a cleaner fuel and helps in creating better and smokeless cooking environment. This will greatly benefit women of the households especially from their health point of view.
As per the 2011 census, there are 3.08 lakh households in the capital city of which 2.9 lakh families have LPG connections. Applications pending with LPG dealers for new connection will be disposed of shortly, he said.
Pradhan assured the BPL families of Salia Sahi that their tenancy on Government land will be regularised by converting the status of land from forest to homestead land.