Pradhan reviews implementation status of PMUY in Uttar Pradesh
Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan held a meeting on Thursday through Video conferencing with 31 District Nodal Officers (DNOs) of Western Uttar Pradesh to review status of implementation of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). In the meeting, DNOs shared their experiences in implementing the scheme.
The minister appreciated the enthusiasm shown and initiative taken by DNOs in implementing PMUY successfully. Though with respect to certain districts, he stressed the need to speed-up the process. He desired that the senior management may guide the officers in seamless implementation of the scheme. Further, Pradhan directed to bring remaining eligible beneficiaries under the ambit of PMUY by processing applications for early release of connection.
It was also emphasised that connections should be released by organising functions in the presence of elected representatives and distinguished public personalities. DNOs shared their own experiences and suggested certain modifications in the approach.
Issues relating to SECC data, making communication strategy more effective, awareness on insurance and safety, menace of middle-men were discussed during the meeting.
The Minister will hold meeting with all DNOs of Eastern States in Kolkata on Saturday to review status of PMUY. Senior officials of the Ministry and Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) will also attend the meeting. More than 100 DNOs will be attending the meeting. In the meeting, Hon’ble Minister will review progress made in implementing PMUY and challenges faced by DNOs. Special sessions are planned for DNOs to share their experiences.
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