Gujarat PNG / LPG Sahay Yojana – Subsidized Piped Natural Gas to BPL Families

Published Date - 07 May 2018 01:23:31 Updated Date - 07 May 2018 01:59:50

The Gujarat government is set to roll out a scheme to provide subsidy for availing domestic PNG (Piped Natural Gas) connections for BPL customers. The scheme is on the lines of Ujjwala scheme, under which subsidised LPG connections are provided to poor families. The state government will pay Rs1,600 as subsidy and Rs1,725.50 as loan under the PNG / LPG Sahay Yojana to beneficiaries opting for a new PNG connection. It has made provision of Rs71.94 crore for subsidy to Antyodaya and BPL ration card holders under the PNG / LPG Sahay Yojana in the current year's budget.

The PNG / LPG Sahay Yojana is proposed to be rolled out from the eight municipal corporations, and the headquarter area of remaining 25 districts in the first phase. It is targeted at BPL families in urban areas where the gas distribution network is already present.

Gujarat accounts for more than 18 lakh domestic PNG connections, almost half of the total 39 lakh such users in the country.

PNG / LPG Sahay Yojana – Subsidized PNG to BPL / AAY Families

Nitin Patil, Chief Executive Officer of the state government is the nodal officer for this LPG / PNG Sahay Yojana 2018. This new scheme will cover the left-out urban AAY / BPL households of Ujjwala yojana and will provide a cleaner fuel for domestic purposes. The state govt. has launched this scheme in the Bharuch District to replace kerosene. The important features and highlights of this new Subsidized PNG to BPL Families scheme are as follows:-

  • Under this scheme, the state govt. will pay Rs. 1,600 as one-time subsidy per connection. Govt. will also provide Rs. 1,725 as loan to customers to opt for a new PNG connection.
  • Beneficiaries will now have to pay only Rs. 118 for a new png / lpg connection. People will also have to deposit a refundable security deposit of Rs. 50 p.m for a period of 100 months.
  • State govt. has a pipeline network covering around 25,000 km for city gas distribution (CGD) companies which will also support the scheme. Gujarat also has 1.8 million household connected to PNG.
  • In the next phase of this pilot project, scheme will also expanded to other municipal corporations and districts.
  • New PNG / LPG Sahay Scheme 2018 is basically for BPL families in urban areas where the gas distribution network is already present.

This new policy for PNG households will give a major boost towards the cleaner cooking fuel. CM also launched various other programmes like Kabirvad Development Project (approx. 40 crore), Mukhyamantri Apprentice Yojana to provide Rs. 4500 per month as stipend (approx. 300 crore) and Sujlam Suflam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan for Water Conservation.

 


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