Reports confirm that CSC e-Governance Services India Limited and Oil Marketing Companies (IOCL, HPCL & BPCL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at collaborating for LPG services. The MoU was inked in the presence of Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of Law and Justice and Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Speaking on the purpose of the agreement, Dharmendra Pradhan, said in a statement that this MoU will look at the issue of shortage of centers for distributing LPG in remote areas. He mentioned that CSCs have assisted in building a Transparent Convenience System in the country.
Pradhan added that the business of CSCs and its reach will further grow, by inclusion of the LPG distribution services at CSC along with addressing the problem in remote areas regarding the shortfall of LPG distribution centers.
The Union Minister also said that he is confident the global experts will be coming to India in some years to study on the innovative working model of the CSCs. It is able to address problems even at the bottom of the pyramid, Pradhan emphasized.
Pradhan elaborated on the perks of making LPG services available at CSCs, saying that by using the large network of CSCs, LPG services at CSCs would further ease the access to clean cooking fuels for a smoke free kitchen. The services would include booking of new gas connections, distribution of gas cylinders, booking of refill for LPG cylinders along with enhancing sustainable LPG use.
The Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated that through this MoU, CSC centres will distribute LPG cooking gas to people living in rural areas, which would ensure easier accessibility to LPG cooking gas for people. It will subsequently also create a new income source for the CSC Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs).