PM Ujjwala Yojana
In order to promote the Central Government’s ambitious initiative to boost domestic Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) consumption, the public sector oil marketing companies (OMCs) are considering to make about 6,500 new distribution centers for PM Ujjwala Yojana.
The main motto of the central government’s PM Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) is to provide 5 crores subsidized new LPG connections to women of below poverty line families by the financial year 2018-19. During the financial year 2016-2017, OMCs released 3.25 crore new LPG connections. Out of these, two crores connections were released under PMUY.
This increase in the number of connections is going to strain the existing 18,500 LPG distribution outlets in the country. With the addition of 6,500 new LPG distribution centers, the total number of centers in the country will reach 25,000.
An Official of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas informed that the aim is to have one distribution center per 10 km, this comes up to one center per taluka.
According to the roadmap for increasing distributor penetration, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh will get 1,000 more centres each, West Bengal will get 650, the North Eastern Region will get nearly 200 new outlets, Maharashtra 400 new outlets, Kerala 80 new outlets, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana combined will get 200 new outlets, and Tamil Nadu will get 290 more centres,
The official said that the focus of the government is now to ensure home delivery of LPG cylinders in rural backdrops. The selection of locations for the new outlets is being done by the public sector OMCs while keeping in mind the existing network.
He added that the state governments can also nominate locations for setting up these new outlets. The selection of LPG distributors is going to be conducted through an online lottery.
News Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/psu-oil-retailers-to-set-up-6500-lpg-distribution-centres-in-two-years/article9681026.ece