Dimapur: In a bid to provide liquid petroleum gas (LPG) to all households in Nagaland, the Union ministry of petroleum and natural gas launched the extended version of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMYU) — PMYU-II — in Dimapur on Thursday.
Announcing the scheme at a press conference, N Kashung, the state-level coordinator of oil marketing companies in Nagaland, said that consumers can apply with their existing LPG distributors through nodal officers assigned in all districts. He further added that Aadhaar card, ration card, Aadhaar details of family members listed on the ration card, KYC and bank details were some of the necessary documents required for availing the scheme.
Launched in Nagaland on May 31, 2017, the previous model was based on the socio-economic class status of 2011 and had reports of discrepancies, but the revised scheme is expected to minimise leakages.
Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) sales officer Achintya Kumar Saikia mentioned that connection under the revised PMUY was open for all sections of society, except for those already having a connection.
Under PMUY-II, consumers can opt for a stove at Rs 990, which is also available on loan. The installment for the payment will be deducted from the subsidy after the consumer avails six refills.
PMUY was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 1, 2016 in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh. It aimed to safeguard the health of women and children by replacing domestic usage of firewood, coal and cake dung with LPG.
Overall, Nagaland has 56 LPG distributors with approximately two lakh customers. While Dimapur and Kohima recorded the highest number of customers, Phek and Kiphire districts had the lowest LPG coverage.