Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Rameshwar Teli on Wednesday announced that about 1 lakh people have got employment through the LPG distribution system with the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY).
The union minister said while addressing the post-budget webinar organised to accelerate development and make public welfare schemes effective.
The webinar was attended by Pankaj Jain, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, the team of social media, representatives from oil marketing companies, distributors and cylinder manufacturers.
According to an official statement, the LPG coverage has also increased from 61.9 per cent to near saturation level in the last five years.
“As part of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package, more than 14 crores free LPG refills were provided to the PMUY beneficiaries during COVID-19,” said Rameshwar Teli.
The Secretary of Ministry Petroleum and Natural Gas, Pankaj Jain talked about the need to make PMUY a door-to-door scheme.
“To make the scheme effective, special attention should be given to including self-help groups, creation of LPG Bank to serve as micro-finance for refills, to establish the network of micro distributors, along with leveraging existing social network and institutional knowledge to attract consumers for a refill,” said Jain.
Nidhi Prabha Tiwari, a social development professional working in the rural sector, said that the loan arrangement for cylinder refill was started in Betul and after that, the number of customers who got refill started increasing, said an ANI report. She informed that women empowerment is getting a boost through the Ujjwala scheme, the report added.