Prime Minister expresses joy as 10 crore LPG consumers join PaHaL


The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has expressed great joy on the momentous accomplishment that over 10 crore citizens have joined the PaHaL Yojana. He said that PaHaL will bring an end to black-marketing & subsidy will reach people more effectively and that its role in nation-building is important. The Prime Minister highlighted that PaHaL is amongst the largest cash transfer schemes in the world and congratulated the beneficiaries & officials on this occasion.

Out of 15 crore active LPG consumers, over 10 crore LPG consumers have already joined the PaHaL scheme which was introduced in 54 Districts of the country on 15th November 2014 and in rest of the country on 1st January 2015. So far, an amount of Rs.4299 crore has been transferred after 15th November, 2014 via 11.33 crore transactions.

The success of the scheme is a result of an intensive Information Education Campaign comprising of advertising through various means and directly reaching out to consumers. The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has undertaken several innovative measures such as guardian officers for each district, deployment of technology by use of SMS, and a single window portal to enable consumers to join the scheme. This portal is an important step in ushering in transparency and in increasing consumer convenience. The progress of the scheme implementation is being monitored at the level of Minister of State (Independent Charge) Petroleum and Natural Gas Sh. Dharmendra Pradhan. PaHaL will save subsidy by reducing the incentive to divert subsidized cylinders and also provides an easy exit route for those who do not want to avail subsidy on domestic gas cylinders.

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