On January 1, Pradhan announced 2016 as the 'Year of LPG Consumers' and this is yet another step in the direction of making clean cooking fuel available to entire population of the country by 2018 particularly in rural areas.
"We have set a target of opening 10,000 new LPG retail dealers in 2016," Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told reporters here today.
The minister was addressing a press conference on the fourth India-Africa Hydrocarbons Conference to be held on January 21-22.
"Oil marketing companies have done the basic spadework. We are getting suggestions from MPs and states about locations where LPG retail dealerships can be opened," Pradhan said. Earlier, the minister had also talked about rolling out online bill payment facility (in 2016) and transparent gas cylinders (during 2016-17).
At present there are 27 crore LPG subscribers in the country, of which 16.5 crore are active subscribers. Oil marketing companies cover about 60 per cent of the population.
About the planned Direct Benefit Transfer scheme for kerosene in 33 districts across seven states from April 1, he said, "We will soon call a meeting of the states and give a detailed presentation. I hope that there could be more states who can join this pilot."


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