By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 7 Dec: The Chief Minister’s office received a complaint some days ago that poor families of Chaira Dhuroli village in Tehsil Gangolihat of Pithoragarh district were not getting the benefit of the Ujjwala Scheme. These families belong to the BPL category. The complainant was informed that only backward class families were eligible for the scheme and general category families were ineligible to get the benefit of the scheme. It was stated that when the scheme would be opened for general category, only then would they get the benefit.
The Chief Minister’s office directed the Pithoragarh District Magistrate to act on the complaint, who instructed the District Supply Officer to resolve the complaint.
Regarding the issue, Manager of the Gas Service, Gangolihat, revealed that three families of Madhuli Devi, wife of Kesar Singh, Madhuli Devi, wife of Laxman Singh, and Madhvi Devi, wife of Kesar Singh, did not find their names in the SECC-2011 list so they were not provided gas connections under Ujjwala Scheme and these three families belonged to the general category. The Pithoragarh District Magistrate instructed the District Supply Officer to grant gas connections to these three families under the State Government Ujjwala scheme. The District Supply Officer has informed the government that all the three families have now been given gas connections.
Under the State government Ujjwala scheme, the Food and Supply Department has a budget provision of Rs 10 crores for the year (2018-19). In the first phase, a sum of Rs 1 crore has been allocated to all the district supply officers of all the 13 districts. The state government has reiterated its commitment to providing gas connections to all the poor families that have been deprived of gas connections under the Prime Minister Ujjwala scheme.