New Delhi: The Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have so far released more than 6.31 crore LPG connections to the women beneficiaries against the target of eight crore under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY).

“As on February 1, 2019, OMCs have released more than 6.31 crore LPG connections against the target of 8 crore under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) and period of implementation of the PMUY is up to March 31, 2020,” said Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister also highlighted major steps taken by OMCs to encourage the LPG usage among the PMUY beneficiaries.

The initiatives include offering swap facility like to avail small package 5 kg refill against 14.2 kg refill as per their requirement, conducting Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat to educate beneficiaries on benefits of sustained use of LPG and safe usage, deferring the loan recovery from subsidy for the first six refills or one year, whichever is earlier, launching audio visual media campaign to spread awareness on advantages of use of LPG, targeted SMS campaign to reach to beneficiaries who have not comeback for refill, display campaign by way of banners, standees and hoardings at public places, undertaking consumer awareness activities viz. school/college student level education programmes, quizzes, drawing competitions, nukkadnataks, walkathon, cyclothon and setting up more than 4900 new distributorships in the last three years to strengthen supply chain network especially in rural areas.