NEWDELHI: The GOI on Thursday said that 3.25 crore LPG connections have been given during the last fiscal, highest in any given year.
This was stated by minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural gas, Dharmendra Pradhan while addressing media on the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), a flagship scheme of the ministry.
He said that over 2.20 Crore connections have been given in the first year of its launch scheme to BPL families as per the SECC 2011 data.
This has surpassed the target of 1.5 Cr connections for the financial year. The scheme was launched in May, 2016.
It was also given out that the total LPG Consumer base increased to over 20 Cr in 2017 from 14 Cr in 2014.
He said that during FY16-17, Oil Marketing Companies have given 3.25 Cr new connections across the country. This being the highest ever LPG connections released in any given year with consumer base now crossing 20 Crore.
He further said that the LPG demand in the country has registered a growth rate of more than 10% with 4,600 new distributors added in the last 3 years mostly in rural areas.
Speaking on the key features of implementation of PMUY, he said that 85% of the new consumers have come back for a refill. About 38% of the beneficiaries in PMUY are from SC/ST category. He added that PMUY has been implemented in a participatory mode involving beneficiaries, elected representatives, distinguished personalities, local administration etc.
A differential communication strategy to popularize the scheme as well as educating beneficiaries on safety norms through regional languages was carried out. There is a 360-degree engagement and also monitoring of the implementation of the scheme. He said PMUY has become a social movement with the beneficiaries coming forward in large number to apply and get the cylinders installed.
The Petroleum Minister also highlighted the efforts made by the Ministry and OMCs by the use of Digital Governance in the execution of the PMUY Scheme. Activities like Digitally aided identification and selection of beneficiaries of Ujjwala; Digital filing of KYC of Ujjwala beneficiaries; transfer of Subsidy to all PAHAL beneficiaries digitally without human interference; Monitoring of Ujjwala implementation on daily basis using IT enabled dashboard; Identification of new locations to set up LPG distributorships through use of technology; Online Application and Online draws have been carried out by the Ministry and Oil Marketing Companies for successful execution of this scheme. PIB