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OMCs to help customers in gas booking, re-filling via CSCs

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on November 03, 2018 Published on November 03, 2018

Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan (file photo)

In an effort to make it easier for new gas connection, re-filling and delivery of household cylinders, the Government has appointed common service centres to provide such facilities through Digital Seva Portal. Public sector oil marketing companies (OMCs) and common service centres on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to facilitate these services through three-lakh CSCs across the country.

Retail marketing of petroleum products is done by OMCs which include Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL). They have agreed to provide the benefits of Ujjawla connection, re-filling of new connection and other services through CSCs – a last mile access at consumers’ doorstep.

CSCs will help the beneficiary to scan/upload his/her KYC document for verification of his/her identity for new booking connection. Beneficiaries can also collect the gas cylinder from their nearby CSC. The service centres will also provide requisite information about the scheme and promote it among citizens so that maximum number of beneficiaries can avail the benefit.

The Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas is appointing one Ujjawala Didi for every five villages whose prime responsibility is to support and give service to Ujjawala beneficiaries.

“The MoU with CSC will help us in promoting a transparent and convenient option. To fulfil the last mile gap, role of CSCs can be very significant. CSC is the greatest model of the bottom of pyramid,” the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan ,said.

He said in the last four years, the government had provided 10 crore additional LPG connections. “Our aim is to provide 13 crore LPG connections in five years of our government. And today’s initiative will add the new chapter in the New India’s concept,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of Electronics & IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said, “CSCs have played a significant role in promoting rural enterprise as well as digital inclusion, mainly for rural citizens. CSCs today deliver large number of services and through PMGDISHA have trained more than one-crore citizens in digital literacy.”

Published on November 03, 2018
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