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State Push for Centre's LPG 'Give it up' Campaign

District Collectors asked to give publicity with an aim to expand LPG coverage

Published: 12th July 2015 05:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th July 2015 05:07 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has asked district Collectors to give wide publicity to the ‘give it up’ campaign launched by the Centre urging well-off families and individuals to give up their LPG subsidy.

The district Collectors have a major role to play as they will receive applications from BPL households for LPG connection. The oil marketing companies will release the connection after verification of BPL consumers from among the list of existing consumers.

The oil marketing companies (OMCs) are developing a dedicated portal for the purpose. Once the portal is ready, the district administration will be provided a login and password for accessing the portal, said General Manager of Indian Oil Corporation KK Sharma.

However, during this interim period LPG connection will be released to BPL families after obtaining certification from district administration on the economic status of the applicants.

“The names of the persons giving up LPG subsidy will appear on the scroll of honour on the website of the oil company concerned as a recognition of their contribution,” Sharma said in a recent communication to the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Secretary MS Padhi.

The subsidy save will enable expansion of LPG coverage to less privileged and nation building activities, he added.

Meanwhile, the Centre has launched ‘Swachh Indhan’ scheme for providing LPG connection to BPL families in the current financial year. Under the scheme, LPG connection is issued by OMCs to eligible beneficiaries and the security deposit amount of Rs 1,600 per cylinder and pressure regulator is provided from the corporate social responsibility (CRS) fund.

Sharma, State-level coordinator of oil marketing companies, said consumers who have given up their LPG subsidy can rejoin the PAHAL scheme and avail subsidy after one year from the date of giving up the subsidy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to people to be a proud partner in nation building by giving up LPG subsidy.

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