6.40 lakh poor women provided domestic gas connections
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 05 Jan 2017 10:24:05|
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh today reviewed the Prime Minister ‘Ujjwala Yojana’ during a review meeting held at his official residence.
The Food Department officials said that about 6.40 lakh domestic gas connections had been distributed to poor women during the past four months. The gas connections which include - double burner stove and a cylinder - had been provided free of cost to the beneficiaries.
The target is to distribute gas connections to 25 lakh poor women in the next two years at Rs 200. It may be recalled that Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and had jointly launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna in Chhattisgarh on August 13, 2016.
Chairing the meeting the Chief Minister termed the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna as a historic scheme for empowerment of women and for protection of their honour and health.
Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Aman Kumar Singh, Industry Secretary Subodh Kumar Singh, School Education Secretary Vikas Sheel, Co-Operatives Secretary D D Singh and senior officers were also present at the meeting.
Earlier, addressing a meeting Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said the scheme is aimed at empowering women and protecting their health, reducing the serious health hazards associated with cooking based on fossil fuel, reducing the number of deaths in India due to unclean cooking fuel and preventing young children from significant number of acute respiratory illnesses caused due to indoor air pollution by burning the fossil fuel.
This will not only secure the health of women in 25 lakh households in the State, but also will save the forests and precious 12 crore trees could be saved from felling.
The Chief Minister called upon the top officials to hasten the process of distribution of gas connections in a time-bound manner. The target for the current financial year is to provide 10 lakh domestic gas connections this year. The oil companies had received 10.53 lakh applications for gas connections.
Dr Raman Singh said that there is need for increasing the capacity of cylinders’ bottling plant and for appointment of gas distributors in the far-flung remote regions of the State.
He added that co-operative societies, Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees and Women’s Self-Help Groups can be appointed as gas distributing agencies in Bastar and Surguja divisions.
Dr Raman Singh instructed the officials to appoint 50 new distributors by April-end.
The officials informed that 15 distributors will be appointed in seven districts of Bastar district, 14 distributors in Surguja division, nine distributors in Bilaspur division (2 districts), six distributors in Durg division (2 districts) and six new distributors in Raipur divisions (3 districts).
Chief Minister has directed to ensure appointment of these 50 new distributors after completion of necessary formalities latest by April 2017.
Food Department officials revealed that new bottling plant of Bharat Petroleum Company will start functioning at Tilda in Raipur from September 2017. Indian Oil Company bottling plant at Gopalpur in Korba district and Hindustan Petroleum Company Bottling plant at Janjgir will become a reality soon.
There are four gas bottling plants operating at Siltara, Mandir Hasud, Rasmada and Bhitouli. The capacity of the four plants is 15 lakh gas cylinders.
The capacity of the plants can be increased as per necessity and demands. The supply is adequate to the demands of the markets as of now.