Odisha seeks free LPG cylinders for cyclone-affected people

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha state government on Monday urged the Centre to supply cooking gas cylinders free-of-cost to those affected by cyclone Titli and the consequent floods.

In a letter to Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Odisha’s Minister for Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Surya Narayan Patro sought domestic LPG cylinders under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) in Gajapati, Ganjam and Rayagada districts.

The three districts were the worst-hit by the natural calamities.

Official sources said, 50,990 subsidised gas connections under PMUY are provided in Gajapati district, 2,39, 683 in Ganjam and 81,979 in Rayagada.

“At present, these people are the worst sufferers and unable to pay the subsidised rate fixed by your department. In view of the above, I would request you to waive off the subsidised cost of the domestic LPG cylinders and supply the same free-of-cost, which will help in ameliorating the sufferings of the poor beneficiaries,” said the Minister.

Meanwhile, replying to SN Patro’s letter, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan informed that the PNG Ministry and the Public sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMC) have taken stock of the damages occurred due to Cyclone Titli and floods in Odisha. He wrote, “Oil Marketing Companies have announced on October 14 to make arrangements to provide cylinders in lieu of lost ones during flood to BPL families at a nominal cost of Rs 200.”

The OMCs will also organise special camps for LPG customers for supply of documents on priority basis who lost their documents, Pradhan stated.

[With IANS Inputs]

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