Union Oil & Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan reviewed the Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) or PAHAL scheme in Odisha today and asked the state government to expedite the work at the earliest.
Mr. Pradhan held a video conference at the Indian Oil Corporation head office in Chandrasekharpur and held discussion with District Collectors of Malkangiri, Sambalpur, Puri and Mayurbhanj. He also sought all details from the top officials of the Oil PSUs, representatives of all leading banks in all 30 districts of Odisha.
Dharmendra Pradhan said that by March 2014, it would be mandatory to link all LPG accounts to bank accounts even if the Aadhar is not available. Without a linked bank account, the consumers won’t get subsidies related to LPG cylinders.
In Odisha, only 19% of total LPG consumers have so far availed the DBTL scheme. He urged the oil companies, distributors and consumers to take urgent steps to enroll themselves under PAHAL. Currently, there are 25 lakh LPG consumers in Odisha.