Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 26:
Oil companies are opening up special camps on holidays to speed up DBTL/PAHAL scheme in some of the districts of Odisha where the compliance percentage is low, an Oil company official said today.
The consumers, who are facing difficulties to join the DBTL/PAHAL scheme of the Central Government, can also report it to the grievance cell of their LPG service providing company. Alternatively they can e-mail the authorities, call the toll free number – 18002333555 or report it in the website – www.mylpg.in.
“We are conducting special camps on holidays in districts where we have less ceding. We are also conducting special awareness camps to encourage customers to subscribe to it. We also have a grievance cell where the customers can report any issues they face, “said KK Mishra, Area manager, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL).
While 100% consumers of Boudh district have ceded to the scheme that passes on the LPG subsidy to the consumer’s bank account directly, less than 70% of the consumers have done it in districts such as Bolangir, Sambalpur, Kendrapara and five other districts of the state. Malkangiri has recorded the lowest percentage of ceding at 61.9%.
“We had certain difficulties a while back to open accounts in nationalised banks. We have sorted it out after few rounds of meeting with concerned authorities,” said Pramod Das, Kendrapara Collector.
As per reports of oil companies, 74% consumers of the state have ceded to the scheme and 65.12% of them have already received their subsidy on their account. “We aim to fast forward the process and will surely wrap it up by March, “Said Rupa Raj Sahu, Sub-Collector of Malkangiri.
It may be noted that, the grace period offered by Union Government to avail this scheme will be over by March 31, 2015.