Indian Oil has set out to release more than 6.50 lakh LPG connections in Assam by May 5 next to achieve 100% coverage of the targeted over 3000 villages in the state that can be declared ‘smokeless’.
Informing this at a press conference here today, Uttiya Bhattacharyya, chief general manager, Indian Oil (Assam Oil Division state office), said, “In Assam, 3042 villages have been targeted to be made ‘smokeless’ and in order to achieve the target by May 5, about 6.55 lakh LPG connections would be released within this fortnight so that all the targeted villages can be declared smokeless.”
The time frame of May 5 has been set under a ‘Gram Swaraj Abhiyan’, which is being organized from April 14 to May 5 across the country on the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti.
As part of this Abhiyan, the ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas will mark April 20 as ‘Ujjwala Diwas’ and a saturation program for 21058 villages, including 3042 in Assam, was conceived to provide LPG connections to all households in these villages and declare them smokeless by May 5.
Bhattacharyya said special drives have been launched to ensure new enrollment and meet the target and various programmes will be undertaken to mark Ujjwala Diwas, which will additionally increase enrolment.
As part of Ujjwala Diwas, LPG panchayats will be organized where about 500-700 women will be brought together to share their experiences and improvement in life by switching to use of LPG for cooking purposes.
Distribution of new connection to 100 beneficiaries and details of extended Pradhann Mantri Ujjwala Yojana categories will also be undertaken as part of Ujjwala Diwas, Bhattacharyya said.
He added that bottling capacities and distribution network is being enhanced to ensure maximum coverage of LPG connections for its consumers.