Mangalore, Oct 08: Terming it as eco-friendly and a pro-people move, the district in-charge minister B. Ramanath Rai kick-started a campaign on ‘kerosene free city’ at Mangalore City Corporation on Wednesday. The special campaign will be held on October 8-9 and October 18-19.

B Ramanath Rai said the camps intend to distribute LPG gas connections and provide required training on its usage. He symbolically handed over LPG gas cylinders along with stove to six beneficiaries.

Special camps

To simplify the process of applying for the gas connections, the district administration will organize a special camp on October 8-9 and 18-19, in places such as Lal Bagh, Surathkal, Kavoor and Ullal. Each camp will have representatives from the Food and Civil Supplies Department, bank and gas distributors. With this, the district administration is contemplating to provide gas connections to all the households and declare the city as kerosene free on November 1.

Briefing on the scheme, Deputy Commissioner A.B Ibrahim said that the BPL cardholders have to approach Mangalore City Corporation where officials will arrange for them to get gas connections using the funds available with the corporation for the welfare of SCs/STs (22.75%), families from economically weaker section of society (7.25%) and those with disabilities (3%). Those in Ullal should approach the Ullal Town Municipal Council.

To those households who don’t come under these categories, he said the district administration has made arrangement for bank loans. The SCDCC bank is ready to pay Rs 4,000 for each household with a monthly installment facility of Rs 200.

Besides, he said that the department of Food and Civil Supplies will stop issuing kerosene to fair price shops for the ration card holders after providing gas connections.

MLA J.R Lobo appreciated the move of the district administration. He asked the people to make use of the camps.

The public can contact 1072, or 0824-2220571 for further information.

Courtesy: manipal world news