Bhubaneswar, August 22: Ministry of Oil distributed 121 Letter of Intents LoI for New LPG Distributorships at Jaydev Bhavan, Bhubaneswar. This will usher in an era of socio-economic empowerment & employment generation for the youth of Odisha. Hon’ble Minister of State Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan graced the occasion and handed over the LoIs to 121 New LPG distributors in the mela. These distributors have been selected through a transparent merit based system. There is a provision for financial assistance to SC/ST candidates by providing bank loan, margin money, working capital loan with easy instalment schedule under the corpus fund scheme.
Speaking on the occasion, Dharmendra Pradhan told that as on August 2017, LPG coverage in Odisha has increased from 20.0 % in 2014 to 50 % which is about 150% increase. He pointed out that as of now, Odisha is having 4 LPG bottling plants having the total capacity of 340 thousand metric tonnes (TMT) with a distributor network of 582.
He informed the gathering that to strengthen the LPG supply chain in Odisha, LPG Import Terminal at Paradip at a cost of Rs 700 Crore is being set-up. Also, LPG product Pipeline from Paradeep to Balasore and new LPG bottling plants at Khordha, Bolangir and Rayagada at an investment of Rs 400 crores are also planned.
Pradhan added that MoPNG has invested Rs 2500 Crore in LPG related infrastructure in Odisha. To keep pace with this increased demands, the distribution network is also being augmented from existing network of 582 LPG distributors to nearly 1000 distributors with the addition of 400 new LPG distributorships through a transparent process of selection, he added.
While congratulating the new LoI holders, Pradhan urged them to ensure imparting knowledge of safe practices to new consumers who are mostly from rural areas/BPL families. He urged selected distributors to ensure improved services to consumers. He congratulated them for becoming entrepreneurs which will also provide sustenance and employment to youths in the state.