Ujjwalla Diwas celebrated across state

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: LPG connections were isssued and awareness programmes on safe use of LPG organized on Ujjwalla Diwas, which was celebrated across the state as part of the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (GSA), on Friday.
The Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana (PMUY) was launched in May 2016 to issue LPG connection to every house in the country. In Arunachal Pradesh, the scheme was launched in June last year.
In Tezu, LPG connections along with gas stoves were issued to 12 out of 24 women beneficiaries to mark the day. The Lohit deputy commissioner highlighted the objectives of the GSA, and said initiatives would be taken to ensure 100 percent implementation of flagship programmes and schemes in all the identified villages in the district. DFCSO Tomo Gamlin informed that target has been set to fully cover Yealiang, Hatiduba, Chailiang, Tafragam, Loiliang, and Hucheliang villages under the PMUY.
In Raga, Parliamentary Secretary Tamar Murtem launched the PMUY at the circuit house, and identified beneficiaries were given LPG connections.
In Anini, new gas cards under PMUY were issued to the beneficiaries. ZPC Depen Molo said there were some lacunae in the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC), based on which the beneficiaries under the PMUY are selected.
Either the authorities should rectify the SECC list or gram sabha may be held for identification of beneficiaries, Molo said. He said the present SECC list has not included most of the BPL families of Dibang Valley district.
Twenty-one beneficiaries in the district were issued free gas forms, while the forms of some beneficiaries are lying pending because of incorrect documentation.
In Kra Daadi HQ Palin, Circle Officers Yowa Anyaand Noklem Wangjen, and DFCSO Duyu Lampong issued LPG kits and cylinders to the beneficiaries. Eighty-six LPG connections were distributed among the beneficiaries in the district, and 67 beneficiaries will be given LPG connections on 2 May, informed the DFCSO.
In Seppa, East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Gaurav Singh Rajawat addressed an ‘LPG panchayat’ meeting in Lumdung village, where he urged every woman to avail the benefit of the scheme. He said the district administration would provide all possible assistance for smooth implementation of the yojana.
GSA nodal officer for East Kameng, Amit Saran sensitized the people to the benefits of using clean fuel. Female beneficiaries belonging to BPL families received free LPG connections during the event.
Rajawat and Saran later urged the officials assigned with the task of implementing flagship programmes under the GSA to devise a comprehensive plan for attaining the targets.
In Papum Pare district, LPG panchayats were organized at Doimukh, Balijan, Sagalee and Kimin as part of the Ujjwala Diwas.
Addressing the people at Mani village, UD Minister Nabam Rebia spoke on the health, safety, economical and environmental benefits of using clean fuel over firewood, and urged the people to create awareness in this regard.
Altogether 216 LPG connections were issued on the occasion.
The Indian Oil Corporation Ltd informed that Kokila, Yupia, Deep, Durpa-I & II, Kakoi and Emchi villages and Doimukh headquarters have been targeted to be converted into ‘smokeless villages’.
In Hawai, Anjaw DFCSO Hage Tath explained to the beneficiaries the safe use of LPG and its benefits. He informed about the expanded PMUY implementation modalities devised by the government to increase PMUY coverage from the existing 5 crore to 8 crore in 2019-2020.
EAC (HQ) B Tawsik also spoke.
Tawang also celebrated the day as part of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan. LPG connections were issued to beneficiaries under the scheme, including those from selected villages under the abhiyan.
Camps were held at various villages, where safety demonstrations were conducted. Distribution of LED lamps, issue of ST certificates, income certificates, birth certificates, enrollment under Aadhaar, and social security schemes under financial inclusion were also made available.
Electronics & IT Ministry Director Rahul Gosain and MHRD Under-Secretary PK Srivastava also reached Tawang on Friday to take stock of the activities being undertaken under the abhiyan.
Accompanied by DC Sang Phuntsok, the two central officers visited camps at Seru and Khrimu villages,and interacted with the PRI members and villagersthere.
They later held a meeting with administrative officers and discussed the current status of the coverage of seven schemes under the yojana in identified villages.(DIPROs)