Ujjawala Diwas being observed on April 20
JAMMU: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) and Tribal Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali on Thursday said that the government is soon going to launch second phase of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) to cover additional households in the state.
The expanded phase of PMUY will cover the households belonging to scheduled categories, beneficiaries of PMAY- Gramin, Antyodaya Anna Yojana, forest dwellers, an official handout read.
“The beneficiaries to be covered, which are in addition to the households identified under Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC), will also be provided deposit free LPG connections,” the minister told a meeting here on Thursday.
The meeting was attended by FCS&CA functionaries, representatives of oil companies. District development commissioners (DDCs) of various districts attended the meeting via video conferencing.
The minister directed all the DDCs to “frame the list of eligible beneficiaries at the earliest” as the government has decided to launch the second phase in the first week of May.
The minister informed that J&K has been ranked No. 1 state in India for implementation of the scheme adding that “around four lakh free LPG connections have been issued under PMUY to the beneficiaries against the 5.07 lakh beneficiaries whose KYC have been done”.
He said the ministry of petroleum and natural gas has decided to organise ‘Ujawala Diwas’ on April 20, 2018 under ‘Gram Swaraj Abhiyan’ of ministry of rural development. “On the day 18,600 new LPG connections will be distributed among the already identified beneficiaries,” the minister informed.
He asked the DDCs to “play role in organising ‘Ujawala Diwas’, laying platform for saturating LPG connection in identified villages and giving momentum to the prestigious scheme”.
The day will be celebrated at 186 places in the state. On the day 124 villages of nine districts of Jammu province would be declared smokeless which include 8 villages of Rajouri, 19 villages of Kathua, 2 villages of Doda, 1 each of Ramban and Kishtwar, 19 villages of Udhampur, 3 villages of Reasi, 58 villages of Jammu and 13 villages of Samba, the handout read.
During the meeting the minister was informed that adequate stocks of LPG were available across the state, while the department has already issued letter of intent for opening of 12 new gas agencies in the state.
The minister also asked the representatives of oil companies to expedite the process for the establishment of LPG bottling plants at Anantnag, Kargil and Rajouri.
The minister took serious note of “negligence and lack of safety measures during supply of LPG” by taking loaded supply trucks to heavily populated localities.
The minister said that “ LPG should be delivered to homes of each consumer”, adding that practice of taking loaded trucks “poses serious safety risk to the people” for which he directed the officers of FCS&CA and legal metrology to “monitor and keep a vigil to check such lapses”, added the handout.