A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration in LPG
services was signed 4 Nov 2018 between Oil Marketing Companies (IOCL, HPCL BPCL)
and CSC e-Governance Services India Limited in the presence of Minister of Law
and Justice and Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) Ravi Shankar
Prasad and Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan
Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan said, the MoU will address the
issue of shortage of LPG distribution centres in remote areas adding that he
was confident that global experts will come
to India in future “to learn about the innovative working model of our
CSCs which is capable of addressing issues even at the bottom of the
He also listed the benefits of the availability of LPG services
at CSCs saying that huge network will further increase “ease of access to clean
cooking fuels for a smoke free kitchen, including booking of new gas
connections, refill booking of LPG cylinders, distribution of gas cylinders and
enhancing the sustainable use of LPG."
CSC SPV and OMCs have agreed to facilitate their distributors to
book new LPG connections, refill and supply and distribute LPG cylinders
through Common Services Centers.
Speaking on the issue Union Minister Prasad said, "Now
people living in rural areas will have easier access to LPG cooking gas through
CSC centres. It will also create a new source of income for the CSC Village
Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs)."