By Our Correspondent
KOLKATA/NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday held meeting with all District Nodal Officers (DNOs) of Eastern States and North Eastern States.
Nearly 250 DNOs, Senior Officials of the Ministry and Oil Marketing Companies attended the meeting. The DNO meet was first such meeting providing an opportunity for experience sharing by DNOs in implementing Hon’ble Prime Minister’s ambitious Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) under which LPG connections are given to women of BPL Households.
A large number of DNOs shared their experiences in implementing the scheme which included massive communication strategy to educate prospective beneficiaries, enrolment of beneficiaries, strengthening of infrastructure and coordination with elected representatives & local administration.DNOs also highlighted the steps taken by them to educate beneficiaries on safety measures and insurance cover available. A few DNOs highlighted the difficulties faced in the field.
Pradhan appreciated the enormous enthusiasm & commitment shown by each DNO, being foot soldier of Hon’ble PM’s vision to bring qualitative change in the lives of millions of women. He emphasised that DNOs to be more vigilant on involvement of any middle man and directed to reach out to every beneficiary. He further stressed on the need of ensuring quality services to all LPG consumers.
The Minister directed all DNOs to organise distribution melas from 15th of August involving freedom fighters to make 70th Independence Day.The scheme –PMUY was launched on 1st May at Ballia, Uttar Pradesh. Today (30th July) is the 90th day after launch of the scheme and a total of 23 lakhs connections have been issued so far under PMUY.