With severe heat wave condition prevailing in most parts of Gujarat, Dahod district administration is working overtime to ensure large crowd and smooth launch of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana on May 15 in the presence of BJP president Amit Shah, petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, her Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh counterparts Vasundhara Raje Scindia and Shivraj Singh Chouhan, respectively.
According to District Collector M A Gandhi, whose tenure has been extended by a few days to oversee preparations for the crucial event despite a transfer order last week, around 1.5 lakh people are expected at the function. With day temperature hovering around 44 degrees Celsius, the biggest challenge before the district administration is to prevent, and attend cases of heat stroke.
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Gandhi told The Indian Express that medical teams have been called in from neighbouring districts to assist in possible cases of heat stroke at the event. “We have arranged for a dome pandal that will cover the venue. We have also made appropriate arrangement for aeration and deployed sprinklers to keep the ground cool. We have also deployed additional medical teams at parking places for the general public. They will have not just ORS (oral rehydration solution), but also be equipped with other medicines.”
The administration has ensured free supply of water and buttermilk to all visitors at the venue. Gandhi said that since all dignitaries, including the three Chief Ministers, are Z plus protectees, the arrangements on the dais have been made in accordance with the security guidelines. The dignitaries will have air coolers on the dais to beat the heat.
According to local officials, the district was chosen for the launch of the scheme for three states — Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan — as the impoverished tribal belt has the least number of families that use cooking gas.
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Under the Rs 8,000-crore scheme, the government is looking at extending financial support to ensure LPG gas connections in BPL households. The scheme is also banking on the treasury fund saved from the ‘Give it Up’ campaign, launched two years ago, urging affording gas users to voluntarily forfeit their LPG subsidies.