• Govt to appoint 10,000 new LPG distributors in FY ’17

    Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhantoday said 10,000 new LPG distributors will be appointed in the current financial year. “At present, there are 18,000 gas distributors in the country and in the coming three months, 2,000 new distributors will be made and by the end of this financial year 8,000 more distributors will be made,” Pradhan told reporters. He was here to oversee the preparations for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on May 1 to launch Ujjwala Yojana.

    The ambitious Rs 80 billion scheme will provide 50 million free LPG connections to BPL families using the money saved from 11.3 million cooking gas users voluntarily giving up their subsidies. Modi will launch the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana here on May 1 and do a repeat function at Dahod in Gujarat on May 15. Pradhan said 61 per cent households in the country have LPG connections, while in Uttar Pradesh 53 per cent houses have gas connections. Besides increasing production in refineries, the government is taking other steps to increase availability of LPG for consumers, Pradhan said. Melvin Gordon Jersey

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