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Biju Mahila seeks Whitepaper on LPG distribution

 

   The Biju Mahila Janata Dal on Monday once again alleged that the Union Government has completely failed in implementing the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Scheme and is making false claim of providing LPG cylinders to five crore women across the country."To a question of BJD MP Prasant Nanda, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan stated in the Parliament that a total of 30.48 lakh women had been provided LPG connection under the Ujjwala scheme till July 30, 2018. While 8,18,786 women had taken second refill cylinders in 2016-17, the number of women taking second refill cylinder came down to 6,45,276 in 2017-18. From this, it is understood that over 24 lakh beneficiaries are not taking refilled cylinders and less than 10 per cent of beneficiaries are getting benefits," pointed out BMJD president Dr Minati Behera at a Press meet here.Behera alleged that many of the beneficiaries, who had taken cylinders under the Ujjwala scheme, didn't book a second cylinder as they were later asked to buy them at market price, and subsidy price was also not credited to their bank accounts properly.It was decided that the district administration would select beneficiaries and local people representatives would distribute cylinders. But BJP leaders selected beneficiaries and distributed cylinders at programmes held by the IOCL, alleged Behera."When beneficiaries are not booking refill cylinders, how can the Centre claim that the scheme has been successful? The Union Government has not taken required steps for encouraging beneficiaries to take refill cylinders alos," alleged Behera. She demanded that the Petroleum Minister give a clarification to the people regarding distribution of LPG cylinders in Odisha and publish a Whitepaper in this regard. She also demanded that BPL families be provided LPG cylinders at 50 per cent subsidy at the earliest. Among others, BMJD advisor Kasturi Mohapatra, work president Sulochana Das, general secretary Sulata Deo and secretary Elina Das were present.

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