• Safety of LPG consumers and the households is the prime concern while distributing new LPG connections

    Government of India is committed to provide LPG as a clean cooking fuel across India through Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). More than 9 million new connections have been released to the women from BPL households in the last 6 months. Safety of LPG consumers and the households is the prime concern of the Government as well as the Oil Marketing Companies(OMCs) while distributing new LPG connections – whether under PMUY or otherwise. While issuing new connections to the beneficiaries, Safety/Insurance handouts with pictorial depictions have been given to them. A Safety briefing is also being imparted to the beneficiaries at the time of installation of LPG connection.

    In addition, Safety melas/ Safety Clinics are being organized in the villages to make the new consumers aware of the safety procedures. These efforts are being further stepped up to avoid any unfortunate incidents related to the use of LPG. Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is also continuously monitoring the settlement of Insurance claims related to past LPG accidents and monthly meetings are being held with the Insurance Companies and OMCs on the subject. The pendency in this regard has come down from 51% in June 2016 to 33.76% in October 2016 and all efforts are being made to clear all pending cases in 3 months. Geoff Swaim Jersey

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