Imphal, October 5, 2017 (DIPR): Information and public Relations Minister Th Biwsajit today distributed free LPG connections to sixty four (64) beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) scheme at Okram Chuthek, Imphal East, Manipur in the presence of Deputy Manager (LPG-S), I.O.C., Stephen Chinkhanson Guite and members of the Civil Society organizations.

Biswajit who is also the Local MLA asserted that the central government has launched more than 106 schemes meant for the poor people. He also draws attention of the gas agencies and elected members of the panchayat to sort out the rightful people through Socio Economic Caste Census Data to avail this scheme since it is meant for all the right beneficiaries belonging to the BPL families. Under this scheme, the present BJP led government aims to reach out to all the poorest of the poor who are still deprived of using LPG as cooking fuel and have to rely on firewood, coal, dung-cakes, she added.

Minister observed that the main aim of the scheme is to reduce the hardship faced by the women folk. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana will surely safeguard the health of women and children by providing them with a clean cooking fuel – LPG and that they don’t have to compromise their health in smoky kitchens or roam around in unsafe areas to collect firewood. The problem of deforestation leading to natural calamities like landslides, mudslides will also be curtail once this scheme reaches to all the household as their won’t be unnecessary cutting down of trees for firewoods.

He also asserted that Pradhan Mantri Ujjala yojana was launched with an aim to save energy and our income. And under this scheme one can buy LED bulbs and tubes in subsidized rate with three year warranty. PMAY (G) was launched with an aim for providing shelters to homeless people. Beneficiaries who are included in the list of SECC 2011 can avail this facility. Minister also appeals to all beneficiaries of central sponsored schemes to open bank account as payment of all schemes is made DBT.

Minister also stress the need of sensitization of the various schemes particularly in rural areas. Under Information, Education and communication programme the state government is planning to erect hoarding regarding various central sponsored schemes written in various dialect in every nook and corner of the state.

He observed that each and everyone has to play important role in bringing development in the state. He also called upon members of the club to strengthen their activities for the betterment of the society.

Addressing the gathering Deputy Manager (LPG-S), I.O.C., Stephen Chinkhanson Guite stated that beneficiaries can registered their names for the scheme by providing Aadhar card, bank details with BPL proof document. He also said they are planning to start home delivery system for the scheme and regarding any complain customer can dial to toll free number 1906.The Free LPG Connection were issued through M/S Bashikhong Indane Gramin Vitrak, Bashikhong, Imphal East.

It may be mentioned that Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 1st, 2016 in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh. Under this scheme, 5 Crore LPG connections will be provided to BPL families with a support of Rs.1600 per connection in the next 3 years. With an aim to ensure women’s empowerment, especially in rural India, the connections will be issued in the name of women of the households belonging to the BPL families. For the implementation of the scheme, Rs. 8000 Cr. has been allocated by the Government of India. Identification of the BPL families will be done through Socio Economic Caste Census Data.

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