LPG Current Affairs - 2019

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National Policy to speed up Gas Infrastructure

A “high-level committee” has been set up by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory board (PNGRB) to frame national policy on city gas distribution. The intention of the policy is to speed up development of infrastructure of piped natural gas.

Highlights

The committee formed will perform a detailed review of the issues in the development of piped gas network. The policy will also address issues like delay in getting approvals at state level. It will also identify Geographical Areas that are facing difficulties in witnessing significant progress as compared to the other regions.

The policy will include appointment of a nodal officer by the state governments to grant clearances that includes land, environment, transport, etc in a time-bound manner. It will also include procedure for timely allocation of government at concessional rates for creating City Gas Distribution  infrastructure.

Progress so far

The number of Geographical Areas with good City Gas Distribution has increased from 78 in the end of 2017 to 229 in 2019 according to the Ministry of Petroleum.

Gandhinagar becomes Gujarat’s first kerosene free district.

On October 25, 2019, Union Minister Amit Shah allocated 1000 LPG connections to women in Gandhinagar district of Gujarat. This makes Gandhinagar first district in Gujarat to become kerosene-free.

Highlights

  • The cooking gas was allotted to the women as a part of Ujjwala Yojana. The scheme has covered more than 75,000 beneficiaries at a cost of 6.13 crore rupees
  • The home minister also handed over 480 middle income group houses in the same event
  • Also, drinking water schemes were launched locally for the areas like Kudasan, Raysan, Sargasan in the district
  • The minister laid foundation stones for development projects that includes underpass and two roads.
  • A control center was inaugurated by the minister. The center will distribute beneficiary cards for the schemes of old age persons, widow women and Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries.

Kerosene free states

Chandigarh became the first city to become kerosene free. Government has been making plans since 2016 to reduce the usage of kerosene all over the country. The subsidies to kerosene will be completely removed by 2020. By 2018, over 8 states and Union Territories in the country became kerosene free namely Puducherry, Daman-Diu, Dadra Nagar Haveli, Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab.