Oil ministry mulling new LPG connections on EMIs: Dharmendra Pradhan

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Targeting to add 10 crore new LPG connections in next three years, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan today said oil marketing companies are mulling to sell new cooking gas on an EMI basis, just like for other consumer durables.

“We want to sell new LPG connections which cost up to Rs 3,400 on an EMI basis. The amount can be spread over 24 installments and the OMCs are speaking to banks on this,” Pradhan said at an event here.

He said till now, consumer durable items have been sold using the EMI (earnest monthly installment) facility and making such a facility available will incentivise more people to switch over to the cleaner liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

Pradhan, the minister of state with an independent charge, said at present below poverty line families get 50 per cent rebate on the new connections and the EMI will be helpful for those who are not covered under it.

He said a slew of efforts are being undertaken to make people switch to LPG and also announced that the ministry is targeting to add 10 crore new connections by December 2018 to the existing 16.5 crore connections.

In 2016, the ministry aims to appoint 10,000 new LPG distributors, he said, adding that all the members of Parliament have been asked to suggest potential locations in their constituencies where the distribution needs to be strengthened.

He was speaking after launching an online payment facility for refilling LPG cylinders, through which people can book the cylinder around the clock and it can be delivered in their absence as well because the payment is already done.

Plans are also underway to install touch screen devices at prominent locations like airports, railway stations etc where consumers can book for their LPG refills, he said.

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