BALLIA (UP), April 23 - Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today said 10,000 new LPG distributors will be appointed in the current financial year.
�At present, there are 18,000 gas distributors in the country and in the coming three months, 2,000 new distributors will be made and by the end of this financial year 8,000 more distributors will be made,� Pradhan said. He was here to oversee the preparations for Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s visit on May 1 to launch Ujjwala Yojana.
The ambitious Rs 8,000-crore scheme will provide five crore free LPG connections to BPL families using the money saved from 1.13 crore cooking gas users voluntarily giving up their subsidies. Modi will launch the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana here on May 1 and do a repeat function at Dahod in Gujarat on May 15. � PTI