New Delhi, May 5 : Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan has said that LPG penetration in Odisha has reached 58.55 per cent by May 1, which was at 20 per cent level in June 2014 and the government has set a target of providing gas connections to 80.0 lakh household by the end of December 2018. Pradhan added that 24.23 lakh connections have been released under Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojna and 1000 new LPG distributors will be added to the list in the last two years which shows the enhanced LPG penetration in the state.
Speaking at the Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat held today at Mangalajodi in Tangi Block of Khorda district of Odisha as part of the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan Pradhan said that, currently 4 bottling plants are existing in the state of Odisha (2nd Carousel added at Balasore Bottling Plant & 2nd Shift started at Jharsuguda Bottling Plant Last Year) and three new bottling plants are being planned to be set up in Khorda, Bolangir and Rayagada districts in the state.
Union Minister said that “400 villages saturated with LPG connections and other benefits under Gram Swaraj Abhiyan and 670 LPG Panchayats conducted on Ujjwala Diwas on April 20 and 400 LPG Panchayats were conducted from 3rd-5th May under Gram Swaraj Abhiyan and LPG Penetration in Khurda district is 100 per cent as on May 1, 2018.
Women who have experienced the benefits of cooking with LPG can now boost the confidence of other women about adopting this clean, green cooking fuel safely and without any reservations or misconceptions. Sharing of experiences by actual users on how to use LPG safely, as well as spread the message of its multiple benefits, like health, environment and empowerment of women and learning through peer group interaction are the objectives of LPG Panchayats.