Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan has said, the government is targeting to add 10 crore new LPG connections by December 2018 to the existing 16.5 crore connections. Mr. Pradhan was speaking in Mumbai after launching an online payment facility for refilling LPG cylinders, through which people can book the cylinder around the clock and it can be delivered in their absence as well because the payment is already done.
The minister said plans are also underway to install touch screen devices at prominent locations like airports, railway stations etc where consumers can book for their LPG refills. He said, oil marketing companies are mulling to sell new cooking gas on an EMI basis to achieve the target. He said, the government wants to sell new LPG connections which cost up to Rs 3,400 on an EMI basis. The amount can be spread over 24 installments.
Mr Pradhan said, at present below poverty line families get 50 per cent rebate on the new connections and the EMI will be helpful for those who are not covered under it. He was speaking in Mumbai after launching an online payment facility for refilling LPG cylinders. Mr Pradhan said, in 2016, the ministry aims to appoint 10,000 new LPG distributors. He added that all the members of Parliament have been asked to suggest potential locations in their constituencies where the distribution needs to be strengthened.
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