District trying hard to link 24.5 lakh LPG customers with banks

With Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Veerappa Moily announcing that Aadhaar card would not be made mandatory to avail subsidy for domestic cylinders,district administration is working to link the 24.5 lakh LPG customers with leading banks in the district. A meeting of district officials and banks is scheduled on Friday to take forward the project. […]

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Pune | Published: October 11, 2013 2:30:09 am

With Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Veerappa Moily announcing that Aadhaar card would not be made mandatory to avail subsidy for domestic cylinders,district administration is working to link the 24.5 lakh LPG customers with leading banks in the district.

A meeting of district officials and banks is scheduled on Friday to take forward the project. The district will roll out the subsidy benefit from November 1. The district has 24.5 lakh LPG consumers and some of the consumers have submitted the bank details.

District collector Vikas Deshmukh the district is slowly inching towards the Direct Bank Transfer process. “We have just 69 per cent enrollment for Aadhaar cards. Even as the SC directive mentions that it is not mandatory we have received no directions from the Centre. However with a deadline of November,we are working to link LPG customers with banks and we would hold a meeting to find out the status of this linkage,’’ said Deputy Collector and Nodal Officer for UID Vasundhra Barve.

The administration is yet to put up a final figure of consumers and bank linkage for which the DBT can be initiated. “Unless the bank parts with the details we are not sure about the figures,’’ said the district official. The meeting is scheduled with the Bank of Maharashtra,the lead bank.

LPG federations are exasperated with the directives every other day. “There are directives issued by SC but we have not got anything in hand. So we continue to link the customers with the banks. According to LPG dealers it will only be a little more than one lakh,’’ said Usha Poonawalla,state LPG federation head.

Now with this new initiative,the gas agencies are not sure if they should continue with the work. “There is confusion about linkage. Earlier we were working to get the Aadhaar card registrations and we managed to do cover 3,000 of the 32,000 customers. Now we have put up a drop-box outside asking customers to give the bank details,’’said Bharat Jain of Arihant Gas agency at Pulgate.

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