AP gives 1L new LPG connections to BPL families
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 17:26
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday sanctioned additional one lakh liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) connections to families living below the poverty line (BPL) under the Deepam scheme.

The government had in August last sanctioned three lakh LPG connections to BPL families and thus has given four lakh connections during the current financial year under the Deepam scheme, officials said.

According to an order issued by Civil Supplies Commissioner Harpreet Singh today, 21 districts in the state have been allotted 3,000 connections each, Medak district got 7,000 and West Godavari 5,000 connections.

Of the one lakh new connections, 25,000 have been kept as reserved for distribution in future based on demand.

The state government has allotted 37.36 lakh LPG connections under Deepam scheme to the (BPL) beneficiaries since 1999.

Under the scheme, the state government pays deposit for cylinder and regulator to the Oil Marketing Companies while the beneficiaries have to bear the refill price.

There are about 200 lakh families in the state of which 147 lakh (both general and Deepam beneficiaries) now have LPG connections.

The state government had requested the union government to allot 24 lakh LPG connections (eight lakh per year) to the BPL families in the state over the next three years but the Oil Marketing Companies agreed to make arrangements for release of only one lakh more LPG connections during the year 2011-12, official sources said.


First Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 17:26

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