Dhenkanal: The flagship scheme of Government of India Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), was launched at Gadapalasuni, Kankadahada Block, Dhenkanal district today by Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas. On this occasion, Pradhan distributed 2000 LPG connections to the beneficiaries under implementation of PMUY scheme at Gadapalasuni, Kankadahada Block, Dhenkanal district.
About 20 thousand new connections have been distributed under this scheme in Dhenkanal District and more than 7 thousand in Kankadahad block including 2000 connections under PMUY. Adding to that 1700 households are in Gadapalasuni Gram Panchayat out of 472 households are LPG connection and rest 1250 LPG connection will release today. In Odisha 23 households per 100 were having LPG connections in 2014. However, in these two and half years it has been increased by 17% and reached to 40, said Pradhan.
Safety aspect in usage of LPG is of paramount importance and the general public needs to be educated regarding safe handling of LPG. During this program, a live demo of safe handling of LPG by Oil Industry experts was also shown for educating beneficiaries. Apart from this, video film on importance of conversion to cleaner fuels and safety aspects of handling of LPG was shown to the participants.
Among others dignitaries from leading Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies – Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum & Hindustan Petroleum Corporation were also present at the occasion.
The central theme of this scheme is “Swachh Indhan Sukhi Jivan” and the scheme envisions improvement of health of women by eliminating indoor air pollution.