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Govt launches 'Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat' to boost PMUY

Pradhan handed over free LPG connection to the beneficiary of PMUY

Press Trust of India  |  Gandhinagar 

Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
Dharmendra Pradhan

Union minister on Saturday launched the 'Pradhan Mantri Panchayat' from Mota Ishanpur village here today and handed over free connection to a beneficiary of the

Addressing the public, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister said his government has so far provided connection to 8.5 crore households in less than three years as against 14 crore connections provided by the government.

Pradhan said connection has empowered and saved lives of lakhs of who die due to health complications arising out of use of traditional means of fuel like wood.

In the presence of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Pradhan handed over free connection to the beneficiary of PMUY Kokilaben Parmar. She happens to be the third crore beneficiary under the scheme.

Taking a swipe at vice president for asking what his government did for the poor, Pradhan later told mediapersons that his ministry provided three crore connections to the poor including the tribals and

"Those who have cheated the people of this country, and have been shown the door by the people, are shedding crocodile tears for the poor. People will give them befitting reply in the next election," he said.

He said Pradhan Mantri Panchayat will aim at spreading awareness among the users about how to properly use the clean fuel and its many benefits.

"One lakh Panchayat (to be held across the country) will deal with the issue of safe use of as well as its various benefits, like environment, health, and how it empowers women," he said.

Pradhan said that 40 per cent of Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries in Gujarat are tribals and He said his ministry has also increased distribution centres, with 106 new distribution centres added in the last one and half years in Gujarat alone.

"We are working on setting up 319 new distribution centres, which will provide employment to 5,000 people," he said.

Panchayat will serve as an interactive platform between those who received cylinders under PMUY, officials, distributors and NGOs.

In one panchayat, around 100 customers of nearby areas will share their experiences with each others. They can also share their problems and suggestions.

The panchayats will also include safe practices, quality of service provided by distributors and availability of refill cylinders.

First Published: Sat, September 23 2017. 20:41 IST