By Faisal Fareed
Easy Gas—an online application for booking and delivery of domestic LPG cylinders developed by Uttar Pradesh is likely to be adopted by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas across the country.
Roshan Jacob, Kanpur District Magistrate, who developed the application in 2008, informed that the petroleum ministry conducted a series of meeting with UP officials, with the last (and apparently the decider) held on Friday in New Delhi in the presence of senior officials from three petroleum companies — HPCL, BPCL and IOC — after which the ministry agreed in principle to adopt the features of the application.
Under the Easy Gas, which facilitates the booking of cylinders online, distributors have to mention their daily stock on the website.
“Following online facility, distributor’s claim about unavailability of LPG cylinders will not be accepted. Now their daily stock, both incoming and delivery, will be updated online,” Jacob told The Indian Express.
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Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has directed his officials to ensure that the application is projected in a positive manner so that the ministry has no objection in clearing it.
“The meetings were positive and we are hopeful that it will soon be adopted. The application continues to enjoy successful run in Gonda and Kanpur,” Amit Gupta, special secretary to the chief minister, said.
Jacob first launched the application in 2008 in Gonda where she was posted as district magistrate. Later, the system was implemented in Kanpur where she is currently posted as DM. With features of stock visibility, the distributors were bound to deliver the cylinder.
“Even in rural areas, they are bound to deliver the cylinder within seven days,” she said. Consumers can also check the delivery status online. The feature is a step ahead in booking gas from Integrated Voice Response System (IVRS) as every distributor’s stock will be shown, making it mandatory on the agency to deliver the cylinder.
The state government, too, studied the model before deciding to implement it across the state. “In UP, it will be done soon and under the name ‘Easy Gas’. For the petroleum ministry, there may be some changes but all the features of the application will remain intact. HPCL is already using some features like pending stock, but daily stock updates are still not available,” Jacob said.
State government has directed all the District Magistrates to expand the Lokvani centres in their districts so that ‘easy gas’ application, when implemented, is easily accessible to the rural areas. Lokvani centres offer one-stop facility for several online government facilities including issuance of necessary certificates. Number of Lokvani centres will be increased so that it is easy for