Get 5kg LPG cylinders at Kirana stores soon? OMCs shot to Petroleum ministry

What is going on between Oil Marketing companies and Ministry of Petroleum as State-run oil marketing companies have sought the intervention of the ministry of petroleum and natural gas in a matter involving the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) regarding the sale of free-trade 5-kg LPG (FTL) cylinders.

OMCs — including Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum — had sought the permission of PESO to allow the sale of such cylinders from kirana stores without licence and through ferry trucks, to act as mobile points of sale and to cut down on the illegal sale of FTL cylinders, . PESO, an arm under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion entrusted with the responsibility to ensure safety and security of the public and property from fire and explosion, has shown reservations regarding the safety of such premises.

Cleaner fuel for cooking instead of traditional sources such as firewood, which have high carbon emission and health hazards are most attracted by the National Democratic Alliance government. Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday said the LPG coverage in the country has gone up to 72%, thanks to the Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana, which aims to provide free LPG connections to women belonging to the below poverty household category. The budgetary support for the the scheme has been increased to R2,500 crore for financial year 2017-18 compared with R2,000 crore a year ag

A government release dated July 24, 2013, says, “This decision has been taken in view of the fact that over the years, a new category of consumers have emerged especially in big cities who are mobile and thus do not want a permanent LPG connection but still require LPG for their needs. Such customers need flexibility for getting the LPG cylinders as per their convenience and their needs can also be fulfilled by smaller quantities of LPG.”

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