The Ujjwala scheme of providing LPG connections to the poor was the realisation of the childhood dream of providing healthy kitchens to mothers and sisters of India, who were struggling with firewood stoves in kitchens, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Dedicating the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.’s Integrated Refinery Expansion Complex to the nation here on Sunday, Mr. Modi said nearly 6 crore such connections were provided to the poor since May 2016 under the scheme. The Kochi Refinery was making great contribution towards Ujjwala scheme by doubling the LPG production, he said.
More than 23 crore LPG consumers had joined the Pahal scheme that had helped identify ghost, multiple, and inactive accounts.
The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stones of the petrochemical complex in Kochi and the second campus of the Skill Development Institute at Ettumanoor. He also opened the LPG storage facility of the Indian Oil Corporation at its Kochi bottling plant.
In his address Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the State government had been supporting the projects of all Central Public Sector companies in the State as part of its policy to strengthen the public sector units. The State government had provided tax relaxations to Integrated Refinery Expansion Project and made land available to other projects. The State would invest ₹1,427 crore for the petrochemical park project, he said.