Union Minister Dharmednra Pradhan has said that LPG penetration in Odisha has reached 58.55 per cent  by 1st May 2018, which was at 20 per cent level in June 2014.

Speaking at the Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat at Mangalajodi in Odisha, Pradhan said that the government has set a target of providing gas connections to 80.0 lakh household by the end of December 2018.

Pradhan added that 24.23 lakh connections have been released under Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojna and 1000 new LPG distributors will be added to the list in the last two years which shows the enhanced LPG penetration in the state.

The Union Minister said that, “400 villages saturated with LPG connections and other benefits under Gram Swaraj Abhiyan and 670 LPG Panchayats conducted on Ujjawala Diwas on 20th April and 400 LPG Panchayats were conducted from 3rd-5th May under Gram Swaraj Abhiyan and LPG Penetration in Khurda district is 100 % as on May 1st 2018”

LPG Panchayats are being observed to promote learning through peer group interaction – Kuch Seekhein, Kuch Sikhayein, where apart from experience sharing, it also aims at safe and sustained usage of LPG.