24 September, 2017
PMUY was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 1, 2016 with an aim to provide LPG connections to those who are still dependent on wood or coal for cooking their food. Union minister for petroleum and natural gas, Dharmendra Pradhan along with CM Rupani will launch the first LPG panchayat at Isanpur-Mota village of Gandhinagar, confirmed state level coordinator for the oil industry, Sanjeev Jain.
The LPG Panchayat is an interactive communication platform aimed at educating rural LPG users about proper safety precautions to be taken while using LPG, its benefit to the environment, its effect on women empowerment and health. "Landed at Ahmedabad. Will be launching today the Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat: The Beginning of a Positive Change", Pradhan posted on Twitter earlier this morning.
One lakh LPG Panchayats will be activated across the country under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana during the next one and a half years, he added.
"In one Panchayat, around 100 LPG customers of nearby areas will share their experiences with others". Apart from addressing the rural populace's issues, the government also plans to include safe practices, quality of service provided by distributors and availability of refill cylinders, as part of the panchayat. While speaking to Sanjay Malhotra, general manager-LPG operations, Hindustan Petroleum, said that people living in rural areas are in denial to accept LPG as there are misconceptions about it.
According to data shared by the oil marketing companies, so far three crore connections have been allotted under the PMUY against the target of five crore by 2019. "Only 14 crore houses were given LPG connections until 2014, and in Gujarat only 61 lakh houses had LPG...."
"Fuel prices have gone up recently due to the hurricane in the US".