A beneficiary under Kiphire district receiving stove from Reny Welfred (IAS) ADC, Kiphire. (Morung Photo)
Morung Express News
Kiphire | October 8
So far, 704 households from 41 targeted villages and some non-targeted villages has been benefitted under Pradhan Mantra Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) in Kiphire district during GSA-1 GSA-2 and non GSA period which is saving approximately 10000 standing trees a month covering an area of approximately 16000sqm in Kiphire district.
Disclosing the status of the scheme, Reny Welfred (IAS) ADC Kiphire said the scheme which is an initiative of Petroleum & Natural Gas to empower women for BPL household with non LPG gas connection to protect their health is seen to be progressing in the district. “The concerned Nodal Department is giving best effort in implementing the scheme so that every deserving women get the benefit and no one is left behind,” ADC said.
He also added, “the only difficulties the beneficiary may face is the market chain for refilling but even for that we have sent proposal for six distribution point in the district to higher authorities and hope there will be no issue with this.”
Interacting with this correspondent, officers from Food & Civil Supplies department which is also the Nodal Department said that besides sensitization and advocacy in almost all villages, the department staffs has personally helped the beneficiaries to open bank account and Aadhaar card in many cases. And with this kind of held, things are showing progress, he added.
According to some sources from the Department, their work is only for advocacy and sensitisation and the rest lie with the gas agencies. “Because of this the department finds it difficult to co-ordinate the status and the figures are mismatched,” the sources stated.
Also staffs from Food & Civil Supplies department reported that there is no fund earmarked for this and they are spending everything on their own and doing their best to implement the scheme. “However, when the time of filling up the forms and uploading, it is done by the IOC employee in Dimapur due to erratic internet problem because of which we are also left in the dark,” the staffs added.
Interacting over the phone, a beneficiary of the scheme, Yangthrisela who is a mother of eight from Kisetong village said, “We learned of the scheme through the village council when they came asking with necessary document. We went ahead and that is how we got the connection.”
She also said, “With gas connection I am saving lot of time and hoping that it will help our health from smoke and air pollution.” She also said that “the use of firewood which is usually three baskets a day will be reduced to one basket per day which will save forest and time.”
It may be mentioned that, as per WHO estimate there are 5 lakh death in India alone due to unclean cooking fuel. Indoor air pollution is also responsible for a significant number of acute respiratory illness in young children.