For the first time, a city has been declared kerosene free with sale of subsidised cooking and lighting fuel being stopped in Chandigarh from today completely. Households have been shifted to LPG to help declare Chandigarh kerosene free. Thus, no further distribution of subsidised kerosene will be done in Chandigarh from the month of April, 2016 onwards, the Petroleum Ministry said in a statement.
The Petroleum Ministry had decided to facilitate the switchover of households currently using kerosene oil to LPG. Oil marketing companies and Chandigarh administration had organised camps to provide hassle free LPG connections. With the help of Chandigarh Administration has been working for the last few months to make Chandigarh a Kerosene Free City.
The Ministry said that ,
It decided to facilitate the households presently using kerosene oil by facilitating switchover to LPG
To facilitate the kerosene beneficiaries getting LPG connections, enrolment camps were organised by state-owned fuel retailers to provide hassle-free LPG connections. Also, deposit-free LPG connections were provided to BPL households and interest free loan scheme was launched for APL households.
During this campaign, a total of 15,249 LPG connections were provided in Chandigarh city, including 1574 for BPL households. Deposit free LPG connections were provided to below poverty line households and interest free loan scheme was launched for above poverty line households. An IEC campaign in the form of distribution of pamphlets and radio jingles was done to create awareness among the masses,” the statement added.
Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (I/C) MoPNG has congratulated the people of Chandigarh for this unique achievement and thanked all the public representatives, the Chandigarh administration and the OMC officials for their untiring efforts in making this possible.
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