40% LPG Consumers in Odisha enrolled under DBTL Scheme

Bhubaneswar, Dec 30: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has expressed his satisfaction over the registration of LPG consumers under Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) scheme in Odisha.

After reviewing the progress of enrolling of the LPG consumers under the DBTL scheme, Pradhan said that he was happy that Odisha has reached the level of national average in the DBTL registration which was very less barely 20 days ago in the state.

Talking to reporters yesterday in the state capital, Pradhan said, "The rate of registration of DBTL in Odisha is 40 per cent against the national average. It was only 12 per cent 20 days ago. It has picked up well".

"I hope the target will be achieved in the state availing subsidy benefits under the scheme by January end", Pradhan added.

He said that the number of subsidised gas consumers was increasing ahead of the launch of DBTL scheme from January 1 next year. The government has set March 31, 2015 deadline for the implementation of DBTL scheme across the country.

He reviewed the progress of DBTL registration with the district collectors, Additional District Magistrates (ADMs), Civil Supplies Officers, bank managers and oil company officials of seven districts, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Kendrapada, Jajpur, Angul and Sundargarh through video conferencing. State Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Secretary Madhusudan Padhi and top officials of the oil companies were also present during the review.

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