The Minister of
Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Murli Deora launched here today a new scheme called “Rajiv Gandhi
Gramin LPG Vitrak(RGGLV)” in the presence of Shri Jitin
Prasada, Minister of State for Petroleum &
Natural Gas. The Scheme aims at setting
up small size LPG distribution agencies in order to increase rural penetration
and to cover remote as well as low potential areas for all the locations having
potential of 600 refill sales per month.
Speaking on the
occasion, Shri Deora informed that the scheme is
initially being launched in 8 states covering over 1200 locations where the
reach of LPG is very low. He informed that the Scheme will also provide new employment
opportunities for the rural population leading to overall economic
prosperity. Recalling that Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi envisioned
self-reliant villages through the institution of Panchyati
Raj System, the Minister pointed out
that he wanted the villages to become
self-sufficient in their needs so that our rural population is not forced to
migrate to big towns and cities for jobs and other facilities. This Scheme is yet another step in fulfilling
the vision of our great visionary leader.
The Minister added
that LPG has now reached urban and semi urban areas across the country. 83% of
LPG network is in urban areas, while only 17% network is in rural areas. There is an urgent need to extend LPG
coverage in rural areas. In the order to
eliminate ailments due to use of chulhas and to
provide clean cooking fuel to our rural women folk, Government has launched
Rajiv Gandhi Gramin LPG Vitrak
Jitin Prasada also stressed
the importance of the Scheme for both youth and women empowerment specially in the rural areas. He elaborated that the scheme would help in making cooking
a more convenient experience for rural folks besides providing employment
opportunities in those areas.
Salient features of
the scheme are:-
Size of the agency – The agencies
under the RGGLV will be of small size requiring lesser finance/infrastructure.
These agencies would be viable with monthly refill sales of 600 against 2,500
The agencies would penetrate deeper
into the rural areas where regular distributorships become unviable due to the
scale of operation and investment. RGGLV
distributors may be viable for around 1,500 customers in the cluster of
villages being served.
These agencies will be self operated –
the distributorship himself will manage the agency, with the help of his family
member and one or two employees.
There will be no arrangement for home
Age limit for the distributor is being
kept as between 21 and 45 years leading to new employment opportunities for the
Distributor under the scheme will have
to be a permanent resident of the village(s) covered by particular location.
Under this scheme, all agencies will
be in the joint name of husband and wife.
In case of applicants who are single, an undertaking will be obtained
that after marriage, ‘Spouse’ will automatically deem to become ‘partner’. This will be a step towards empowerment of
The likely capital expenditure for
setting up of a new RGGLV distributorship will be about Rs. 3.21 lakh with land measuring 20 mtr.
X 24 mtr. being owned by the
candidate being an essential requirement.
The distributor will be able to
recover the capital expenditure by the time 1,800 new LPG connections are
released. The indicative net income of
the distributor would be about Rs. 7,500 per month.
An important feature of the scheme is
that no interviews would be conducted and selection of the distributors would
be by draw of lots from amongst all candidates who have secured more than 80%
marks on the criteria of financial capability and educational qualifications.
25% of the locations would be reserved
for SC/ST categories in the respective states.
25% reservation for the categories of Defence
Personnel/Para Military Personnel/Physically Handicapped/ Outstanding Sports
persons would be clubbed under one common category. In the common category, if no candidate is
found, then the advertisement next time would be under open category.
the scheme is being launched in the under-mentioned 8 states in the country:
of the State
of locations in the state
As per the “Vision-2015” adopted for the LPG
sector, target of overall 75% LPG population coverage has been fixed. However to ensure that growth of LPG usage is
evenly spread, Oil Marketing Companies will be assessing/identifying location
under the new scheme in rural/low potential areas in all States/Union
Territories so as to achieve target growth of at least 50% LPG population
coverage in each district and at least 60% overall LPG coverage in each State
over the next five years.
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