Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 16:
Implementation of theDirect Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme for LPG consumers in Odisha would begin from April next year.
However, instead of the earlier provision of Aadhar Card registration, the consumers, as per the revised decision of the Centre, will now have to register their bank account number with the concerned LPG distributor.
The first high-level meeting to this effect would be held here on November 24.
The meeting, to be presided over by the secretary, Food Supply and Consumer Welfare, would be attended by senior state government and UCO Bank officials and officials of the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) and Bharat Gas.
The meeting would discuss development of a software for registration of bank account details to facilitate subsidy to the consumers.
Sources in the state Food Supply and Consumer Welfare department said there are a total of 23,87,592 LPG consumers in Odisha of which the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) has 9,96,223 consumers. Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) and Bharat Gas have 8,18,663 and 5,72,706 consumers respectively.
As per the decision taken by the state government, consumers will have to register their bank account number with the concerned LPG dealer. At the time of procuring the gas cylinder, the consumers will have to pay market price of the gas to the dealer who will deposit the subsidy amount in the bank account of the consumers within seven days.
Steps would be taken to deposit the subsidy amount in the bank account within 24 hours of the delivery of gas cyclinder, a senior official said.
While Khordha district has the highest number LPG consumers with 3,68,445, Brahampur has 2,91,543 and Cuttack 2,57,825 consumers respectively.
Boudh district has the lowest number of LPG consumers with only 6,819, sources in the department said.