SHILLONG, April 23 - LPG connections in Meghalaya cover only 29 per cent of the State�s population and is the lowest in the country, State Level Coordinator of Oil Industries SS Thangkhiew said here today.
Addressing media persons at Shillong Press Club, Thangkhiew attributed the low number of LPG connections due to the availability of other sources of energy.
Thangkhiew also said the elderly people of the State prefer to use kerosene oil rather than LPG.
He said the oil companies in Meghalaya are worried as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target that free LPG connection should be given to each and every BPL family in the country.
A BPL family can approach LPG distributors for free connection that is to be registered in the name of the lady of the house. This facility is being given under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana that aims to ensure that no Below Poverty Line (BPL) family or individual would have to resort to cooking by using wood, cow dung, charcoal and other unhealthy fuel.
The applicant for an LPG connection should be a female who has attained 18 years of age and should also have a ration card, BPL certificate authorised by the headman in the case of Meghalaya, photo identity card, Aadhaar card and other documentary proof.