GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH

ABSTRACT

 

Supply of 10 lakh L.P.G.connection to DWCRA/SHG women - Operational guidelines for distribution of LPG connections to the below poverty line families in Rural Areas of Andhra Pradesh under ‘Deepam’ Scheme - Orders - Issued.

 

 

FOOD, CIVIL SUPPLIES AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS (CS-III) DEPT.

 

G.O.Ms.No.22 Date: 28-03-2000.

Read the following:

 

  • Minutes of the meeting held on 03.05.1999 in the Chamber of the Principal Secretary, Environment, Forests Science & Technology communicated in D.O.Lr.No.3533/Envt.A1/99, dt.13.05.1999.
  • Fax Message No.MC 7 ES.12210, dt.23.06.1999 of the Director, MC & ES, Oil Coordination Committees, New Delhi.
  • Letter No.2847/DWCRA/99, dt.02.07.1999 of the Commissioner of Rural Development, AP Hyderabad on the guidelines for the selection of beneficiaries.
  • Letter No.E1/511/99, dt.03.07.1999 of Commissioner of Civil Supplies, AP Hyderabad on the implementation of scheme and guidelines thereon.
  • Letter No.P-17011/43/99-Mkt dt.09.07.1999 of the Director, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, New Delhi.
  • Orders of the H.C.of AP in WPMP No.1733 of 1999 is WP No.14144/99 communicated in Commr.Rural Devpt.Lr.No.2847/ DWCRA/99, dt.09.07.99.
  • G.O.Ms.No.58 of F,CS & CA (CS.II) Dept., dt.09.07.99.
  • G.O.Ms.No.60 of F,CS & CA (CS.II) Dept., dt.10.07.99.

 

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O R D E R:

Govt.have decided to provide 10 lakh domestic L.P.G. connections to women of Below Poverty Line families living in rural areas in Andhra Pradesh with a view to reduce dependence on forest for fire wood, improve their status, remove drudgery due to conventional cooking and to improve the general environment of the state. Government of India were persuaded to release 10 lakh LPG domestic connections as a separate scheme from the existing urban and semi-urban schemes. The Director MC & ES, Oil Coordination Committee, New Delhi vide their Fax Message 4 th cited read above have communicated their approval to release 10 lakh gas connections to rural women in Andhra Pradesh. The same was approved by the Govt.of India and communicated to the Govt.of Andhra Pradesh in the reference 5 th read above.

2. Public Sector Oil Companies viz.Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPC), Bharath Petroleum Corporation (BPC) and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) release gas connections to the beneficiaries. They will procure the cylinders, regulators and distribute gas connections to the beneficiaries under the scheme.

3. In this connection, Government after careful consideration of the proposals of the Commissioner for Rural Development and the Commissioner of Civil Supplies furnished in the reference 3 rd and 4 th read above approve the following Operational Guidelines:

  • Since LP Gas is a substitute for Kerosene, Government of India will reduce the allotment of Kerosene allotment made to the State by 5 litres per gas connection per month.
  • In view of the limitations on distribution system, it is proposed to cover habitations within 10 KM redious of the Mandal Headquarters in I Phase and to extend it to 15 KM redious in II Phase and beyond 15 KM later.
  • Those Mandals which are not covered by the existing LPG dealers, State Organisations like Girijan Cooperative Corporation (in tribal areas) and Civil Supplies Corporation (in other areas) shall be awarded dealership by the Oil Companies for distribution of LPG Connections.
  • GCC and Civil Supplies Corporation shall obtain appropriate licenses and appoint the best CMEY group at the mandal Headquarters as its agent for distribution in LPG cylinders to the beneficiaries and they shall be entitled for the Commission from the Corporation.

4. IDENTIFICATION OF GROUPS FOR THE SCHEME:

  • Thrift groups which have received assistance under DWCRA Revolving Fund, Matching Grant, Loans from Banks under Self Help Groups, Matching Grants from other Government agencies like SC Corporation, Women Corporation, ITDA as on 1-6-1999 shall be considered for either categorization of Mandals or for selection of habitation and beneficiaries.
  • Thrift groups which have been formed but not yet included in any of the matching grants schemes shall not be taken into consideration.
  • The groups which are in existence for one year or above shall only be considered.

5. CATEGORISATION OF RURAL MANDALS:

  • All rural and mixed mandals numbering 1098 should be categorized into two groups viz. A and B depending upon the strength of the DWCRA movement in the mandal. No.of Members and the amount saved as on 1-6-1999 should be taken as criteria for this purpose. The Mandals should be categorized as A and B.
  • ‘A’ category Mandals shall get 1000 connections each.
  • ‘B’ category Mandals shall get 800 connections each.
  • In case of surplus connections in any mandal that number should be proportionately allotted to A category mandals in the same district.
  • If the demand is higher from DWCRA women than the connections allotted, scrutiny of the Groups should be done by the Mandal Level Committee.
  • While scrutinizing, preference should be given to groups which are having regular savings participating in DWCRA Bazaars. Seniority shall be the criterion for giving preference in case of equals.
  • The habitations within 10 KM of Mandal Headquarters should be given first priority. In case surplus connections are available after covering the first 10 KM, the connections would be extended to Habitations upto the next 5 KM and the coverage being upto 15 KM in a route.
  • Some of the best habitations beyond 10 or 15 KM shall also be considered as a special case by district administration to encourage certain habitations like those which have secured first three awards at State Level, District Level, Mandal Level, Model habitations developed under Spandana villages, Swarna Bhoomi villages, etc., habitations included in the Women Banking Societies under Mutually Aided Coop.Societies (MACS). Habitations which participated in the DWCRA Bazars.
  • PD, DRDA shall furnish Mandal wise lists of beneficiaries to the PSU Oil Companies through the Commissioner of Civil Supplies as expeditiously as possible.
  • Number of connections to be extended Mandalwise/Vilagewise should be indicated to the PSU, Oil Companies by the Commissioner, Rural Development enabling them to take immediate action.

6. SELECTION OF BENEFICIARIES:

    • The eligible beneficiary shall be a Member of DWCRA group or other Self Help Groups which have received matching assistance under various programmes from Govt.of AP/Govt.of India.
    • The beneficiary member shall be from Below Poverty Line Family having income of not more than Rs.11,000/- per annum.
    • The beneficiary shall be living in rural areas only.
    • DWCRA groups shall conduct meetings as per the dates fixed by the District Collectors and pass resolutions with the list of members willing to take LPG connections and furnish resolutions along with list of Motivators, Animators, AGS, VDOs etc. The resolutions shall also indicate their willingness to surrender a part of kerosene under PDS.
    • The LPG distributor shall verify the name of the beneficiary with the entry in the card and only after satisfying that the name of the beneficiary is in the white card (BPL), connection shall be given.
    • As and when a member of DWCRA/SHG group who is not having any card whatsoever till now she alone be considered by the group for release of a Gas connection. Any resolution adopted by the Group shall be scrupulously verified by the Mandal-Level Committee. With reference to the reports maintained by them for distribution of ration cards and after their satisfaction only, the gas connection should be released. They should also record the reasons in writing for accepting the resolution of the group in that case. It should be ensured that the pink card holders (above 11,000/- income per year) may not under the guise of not having a card get the gas connection with the assistance of the group. The ration card referred in the guidelines should be read as not only it relates to women but also the entire family to which the women belongs.
    • Gas connection to motivators and additional gram sevakas concerned, Mandal level committee should verify whether these individuals or the members of their family are having any gas connections before considering their case.
    • Each beneficiary shall be insisted upon to produce two passport size photographs of self so that one could be attached to the subscription voucher given to the beneficiary and the other affixed on the office copy of the SV. In case the beneficiary is not in a position to provide the photos immediately, the connection may be given subject to furnishing of passport size photographs within a week. On receipt of photos, the original subscription voucher be given to the beneficiary, duly stamping on the card.
    • Only one women member in the BPL family shall be entitled for the benefit under the scheme.
    • It shall be the sole responsibility of Group Leader of the DWCRA group to ensure proper and correct identification of the beneficiary so that the benefit accrues to the deserving member.
    • The applicants shall give an undertaking that they will not transfer/hire/sell the LP gas connection to anybody and will not allow any misuse of the connection being given. In case of misuse, both the LP gas connections and BPL cards shall be cancelled.
    • The LPG connection of the beneficiary should be cancelled duly informing the same to the beneficiary the drawal of one LPG refill and another LPG refill is more than 90 days.

 

7. MOTIVATORS, ANIMATORS, ADDL.GRAM SEVIKAS (AGS):

  • At present, in the districts, motivators and animators, who are women, are incharge of twenty to twenty five DWCRA groups in their neighbourhood. Most of them are either members or leaders of the groups to articulate the development of women. They are playing a catalytic role in motivating women for group formation and running the groups on sound lines for the overall development. Additional Grama Sevikas are women incharge of DWCRA scheme in the Mandal. The motivators shall play a key role in imparting training to the members of SHg or DWCRA who will be allotted gas connection provided they belong the BPL families.
  • The Motivators, Animators shall undergo appropriate training and in turn train the beneficiaries in installation and in safe handling of LP Gas.
  • PSU Oil Companies shall conduct training programmes for Animators/Motivators/AGS through out the State.
  • On the release of the gas connections to the Motivators, Animators and Addl/Gram Sevikas, the Mandal-Level Committee should verify whether these individuals or any of the members of their family are having any Gas connection before considering their cases.
  • A News Letter indicating all the guidelines, rules of scheme, etc. should be published by the Rural Development Department in consultation with Civil Supplies Department and State Level Coordinator and circulate to all Members of DWCRA before their meetings take place.
      • RELEASE OF GAS CONNECTIONS:
    • Beneficiary has to bear the following expenditure for stove, tube and other expenses.
    • Cost of Stove of ISI mark depending upon the brand and single burner or double burner of her choice.
    • Rs.30/- towards rubber tube of ISI mark.
    • Rs.20/- towards administrative charges of the dealer.
    • The cost of Gas initially at the time of taking the gas connection and also for the refill subsequently whenever gas is exhausted.

9. RELEASE OF REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT BY THE CIVIL SUPPLIES DEPT., GOVT.OF A.P.

On behalf of the beneficiary CCS/DCS shall release (Rs.1,000/-) Rupees One thousand per gas connection as refundable deposit to the PSU Oil Companies to facilitate the release of gas connections.

10. COMMITTEES TO OVERSEE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SCHEME:

1. A State Level Task Force is constituted for finalizing the arrangements.

The composition of the State Committee is:

a)

Prl.Secretary to Govt. Rural Development

Chairman

b)

Commissioner of Civil Supplies

Member

c)

Commissioner of Rural Development

Member

d)

Secretary to Govt.Finance Dept.

Member

e)

Managing Director, APSCSCL

Member

f)

Director of Civil Supplies

Member

g)

State Level Coordinator

Member-Convener

h)

Nominee of Commissioner of Industry

Member

2. Similarly a Task Force at the district level is constituted with the following:

a)

District Collector

Chairman

b)

Joint Collector

Member

c)

Dist.Supply Officer

Member

d)

Dist.Manager, APSCSCL

Member

e)

Project Director, Dist.Women and Child Development Agency

Member

f)

Project Director, ITDA in the Dists. Having Tribal Areas

Member

g)

Project Direct, DRDA

Member-Convener

 

ROLE OF AGENCIES INVOLVED IN THE SCHEME

11. RURAL DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT:

  • Identification of beneficiars from DWCRA groups from BPL (white

cards) families.

  • Shall provide the list beneficiaries in each Mandal/Village to the

PSU Oil Companies for release of connections.

  • Shall ensure Scrutiny of DWCRA groups by Mandal Level Committee.
  • While scrutinizing the groups, preference should be given to Groups having regular savings participating in DWCRA Bazars. Seniority should be given preference in case of equals.
  • Thrift Groups which have received assistance under DWCRA Revolving Fund, Matching Grant, Loans from Banks under Self Help Groups, Matching Grants from other Government Agencies like SC Corportation, Women Corporation, ITDA shall be considered. Only those in existence for one year or more alone should be considered.
  • Thrift groups which have been formed but not yet included in any of the matching grants scheme need not be considered.
  • It should be ensured that the beneficiary is presently living in the rural area only.
  • It should be ensured that DWCRA groups conduct meetings on dates fixed by the Collectors and pass resolutions with the list of members willing to take LPG connections and furnish resolutions along with the list of MDOs directly or through Motivators, Animators, AGS, VDOs etc.
  • It should be ensured that resolutions made indicating that the members listed are willing to surrender part of Kerosene entitled by them under PDS.
  • It should be ensured that applicants give undertaking that they will not transfer the gas connections to anybody and will not allow any misuse of the connections being given, if so, they are liable for cancellation of ration card also.
  • It should be made clear to the beneficiary that the LPG connection is not transferable. If the connection is transferred to anybody or if the connection is misused, besides forfeiting the connection, the White card of the family will also be cancelled.
  • Shall ensure that meetings of DWCRA groups are conducted on a regular basis.
  • News letter indicating all the guidelines, rules of scheme etc. should be published in consultation with the Civil Supplies Department and State Level Coordinator of Oil Industry.

12. OIL COMPANIES:

  • In the event, the list of beneficiaries furnished exceeds 10 lakhs, the Oil Companies would across the board effect prorate reduction for all Mandals, unless specific approval is received from Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for release of connections beyond 10 lakhs.
  • Area of operation should be reckoned from the pheriphery/ boundry of the town of the regular distributor which would come to 20-22 KMs of the total area of operation.
  • In cases where intra-district supplies of cylinders across the districts in the State are necessary, while covering the adjacent Mandals (15 or 20 KM radius), permission for such movements should be given by the Joint Collectors concerned.
  • Where it is not possible for the Oil Companies to cover certain Mandals by the dealers, the AP State civil Supplies Corporation would be awarded adhoc distributorships to cater to the requirements of these Mandals.
  • Identification of such mandals for setting up adhoc distributorships and signing of agreements and undertakings should be taken up by Oil Companies with AP State Civil Supplies Corporation.
  • In those mandals where the Civil Supplies Corporation or Girijan Cooperative Corporation get the distributorship they appoint CMEY Groups as their agents.
  • The distributors should provide all facilities as per the Oil Company/Chief Controller of Explosives requirements. As setting up of the facilities may take some time, the existing godowns of APSCSCL would be utilized for LPG storage wherever feasible and upon approval by the Dy.Chief Controller of Explosives, Chennai for the interim period till the required facilities are ready.
  • Identification of such Mandals for setting up adhoc distributorships and signing of agreements and undertakings should be taken up by Oil Companies with AP State Civil Supplies Corporation.
  • Since the distributorships are being located in the interior rural markets, the refill bookings would be by and large made by personal visit. Hence, it may not be necessary to have a telephone as a pre-requisite for commissioning.
  • Oil Companies to ensure that the distributors provide additional infrastructure necessary in terms of mechanized vehicles and man power to cater to additional requirements. Further it is to be ensured that the extension points are established with requisite facilities wherever applicable.
  • The enrolment under this scheme would be over and above normal enrolment entitlement out of regular enrolment.
  • To 10 Lakh new gas connections in rural areas would be shared between the Oil Companies in the ratio of 38:43:19 among IOC:HP:BPC respectively. This enrolment would be also over and above the ceiling limits of distributorships, wherever necessary.
  • To identify the distributorships that would be crossing the ceiling limits after taking into account the current refill sale, resulting from regular enrolment and the sales from the enrolment under the scheme.
  • Adequate bulk and cylinder/PR inventories are appropriately placed at plants for meeting the enrolment requirements. Adequate packed truck fleet would also be arranged for movement of additional cylinders to meet the requirements in all Mandals.
  • Ensure that the distributors place adequate and timely indents for supply of refills to avoid generation of backlogs in installing new connections.
  • New connection must be installed on the same day or latest by the next day of preparation of Subscription Voucher.
  • Since the scheme being launched is for social welfare in Rural sector and the State Government is making available BIS approved stoves, there would be charge of Rs.100/- for hotplate inspection by the distributors.
  • Similarly installation charge of Rs.10/- will not be recovered from the customer in the rural areas under this scheme.
  • Domestic Gas consumer card (DGCC Book) would not be issued to customers in rural area under this scheme. Hence, Rs.10/- towards this would also not be charged.
  • Distributor would charge only Rs.20/- towards administrative charge at the time of release of connection.
  • Oil Companies shall make available printed safety literature (dos and don’ts) in use of LPG to the consumers. This shall be in Telugu and English.
  • Oil Companies shall also conduct safety clinics and use TV/AIR media for promotion of safety.

13. A.P.STATE CIVIL SUPPLIES CORPN.GIRIJAN COOP.CORPN:

 

The Managing Director, A.P.State Civil Supplies Corpn.Girijan Coop.Corpn.shall furnish necessary infrastructure facilities for storage/transportation of the refills in the main and extension centres in the districts.

 

(BY ORDER AND IN THE NAME OF THE GOVERNOR OF ANDHRA PRADESH)

 

H.S.BRAHMA,

EX-OFFICIO SECRETARY TO GOVT.

To

The Commissioner of Civil Supplies, AP, Hyderabad.

The Commission of Rural Development, AP Hyderabad.

The Director of Civil Supplies, AP Hyderabad.

All Collectors.

All Project Directors, DRDAs in the State/PD, ITDA/PD, W&CDA.

The Pay and Accounts Officer, AP Hyderabad.

The Dy.Pay and Accounts Officer, AP Hyderabad.

The Manager, State Bank of Hyderabad, Gunfoundry, Hyderabad.

 

Copy to:

The Prl.Secretary to Govt., Energy, Forests, Science and Technology Dept., AP Hyderabad.

The Prl.Secretary to Govt., Fin.&Plg. (FW.EFES&T) Dept., AP Hyd.

The Prl.Secretary to Govt., Panchayati Raj & Rural Dept., AP Hyd.

The Secretary to Govt., W&CW Dept., Hyd.

The Secretary to Govt.of India, MOP & NG, NEW Delhi.

The Director (MC&ES), Oil Coord-Committees Ltd., Scope Complex, New Delhi.

The SLC & CR,. HPC, Sec-bad.

The SDM, IOC, Sec-bad.

The Spl.Secretary to CM, AP Hyderabad.

The Secretary to Govt.Fin&Plg.(FW.EFES&T) Dept., AP Hyd.

The VC & MD, APSCSC Ltd., Hyd.

The I.G.of Police, Vigilence Cell, Civil Supplies Dept., AP Hyd.

The Controller of Legal Metrology Dept., AP Hyd.

The Director, Youth Services, AP Hyderabad.

The MD, GCC, Visakhapatnam.

PS to Minister for CS, CA and LM Dept., AP Hyderabad.

The Chief Rationing Officer, Hyderabad.

Copy to SF/Spare 25.

 

// FORWARDED BY ORDER//

 

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SECTION OFFICER.