Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The State government has sanctioned Rs.56 crore to oil companies to meet the target of four lakh LPG gas connections under ‘Deepam’ scheme for 2009-10.

Of four lakh connections, 50,000 connections had already been released. Incidentally, four lakh is the highest number of Deepam connections to be sanctioned in a financial year in the last six years, according to Civil Supplies Minister J. Krishna Rao.

Each connection, to be given to beneficiaries/members of Self Help Groups, would cost about Rs.2,000 and the government would bear the cost to be paid to the oil companies on behalf of ‘Deepam’ beneficiaries. The process of identifying district-wise beneficiaries and allocation would be done under the supervision of the District Rural Development Agency Project Director, who would be the coordinator for the Deepam scheme, sources said.

Regular quota

Apart from Deepam connections, oil company officials were requested to release 10 lakh LPG connections under regular quota to meet the demand.

Meanwhile, Mr. Krishna Rao held a review meeting and directed officials to ensure hassle-free supply of LPG cylinders, particularly during Sankranti festival.

The Civil Supplies Minister said arrangements be made to provide additional cylinder to six lakh single LPG cylinder consumers for their convenience.

The Minister directed the officials to start the facility of accepting applications for new gas connections as well as additional gas cylinder connections through eSeva centres in the State.