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State Govt asked to set up single window for LPG dealership




 With oil marketing companies (OMC) planning to open more than 6,000 new dealerships in rural areas, the Centre has asked the State governments to set up ‘single window’ mechanism for processing applications received by selected candidates to issue ‘No Objection Certificates’ (NOC).

The Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) has written to the State government in this regard today.  MoPNG has said that issuing NOC to the distributors takes more time and it delays the process. “In order to expedite the process, the Punjab government has put in a ‘single window’ mechanism under which District Controller; Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs in the respective districts are the nodal officers”, the letter stated. It added that the applicants are required to submit their applications to the ‘single window’ which is processed for grant of approval, required for commissioning LPG Distributorship and issue NOC after approval of District Collector.

“This system proved to be very helpful and saves Gas Agency Owners from harassment”, said a senior official in MoPNG. As the Central government has embarked upon ambitious plan to promote clean cooking fuel through LPG to all households in mission mode, setting up such a system will be helpful for the distributors, said the official.

Under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) the plan is to provide five crore LPG connections to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in rural areas, he added. The official said new 6,000 distributors will be appointed and advertisement for 1,500 locations has already been issued.

After selection through draw of lots, successful candidates will have to obtain NOC for construction of godowns from district administration and submit before Petroleum Explosives Safety Organization (PESO) to obtain godown license. OMCs have informed that there is considerable delay in commissioning of new distributorships on account of timely non-availability of NOC from district administration. This is affecting early commissioning of new distributorship and also leading to cost overrun to the distributor.

Considering the importance of serving the interest of the new consumers who come from rural areas, by making LPG easily available commissioning new distributorship in these far flung areas assumes importance. Setting up a ‘Single Window’ Mechanism in the District Level will help out the poor people in the State to avail LPG at an early date, the official said.






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