JAGATSINGHPUR : Steps have been taken to provide more LPG connections at the Gram Panchayat level and a full demonstration for installation of the facility will be carried out for the convenience of public, said Santosh Kumar Panigrahi, Communication Officer of Indian Oil.
The Indian Oil officials took the step after a report ‘PMUY fails to ensure free LPG connections for poor’ was published in this paper on October 17. The announcement of Indian Oil has come as a relief for the local women who have been waiting since long for an LPG connection under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY).
Women from economically backward sections were denied a connection due to lack of provisions under PMUY scheme. Single woman beneficiaries of the district alleged that the online system has no scope to accept their names as a result of which they could not avail the facility. The company has sought details before going ahead with the installation process, said Miraj Kumar, Sales Officer (LPG-Sales), Paradip.
Sources in District Supply Marketing Society (DSMS), Jagatsinghpur, said 1161 KYCs has been accepted till date, out of which 1083 applications have been cleared and 761 connections installed.
The officials said, there is neither shortage of any equipment nor product with the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) despite the rise in demand during festive season between October and December. The company officials have clarified that there is no shortage of the product or equipment as reported in a section of media.
In a recent development, secretary of Gadi Goswami SHG Kalpana Nayak, which has been pressed for providing LPG connection, said the move will benefit many single women who have been deprived of the facility so far.