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LPG dealership only if wife is made partner

Nagesh Prabhu

IOC scheme to empower women in rural areas


LPG dealership soon at 173 locations in rural areas

55 per cent of the State's population has LPG connections


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Reaching out:The scheme will provide employment opportunities for the rural youth.

Bangalore: In order to promote entrepreneurship among the rural youth and to ensure that 75 per cent of the State's population has LPG connections by 2015, the Government-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has decided to set up cooking gas dealership (LPG) in 173 locations in rural areas.

IOC Karnataka officials told The Hindu that under the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen LPG Vitarak (RGGLV) of the Centre, dealership would be set up to provide connections LPG to the rural population in a big way.

Currently, only 55 per cent of the State's population has LPG connections and nearly 80 per cent of the connections ae in urban areas.

R. Sravan S. Rao, Chief Manager, (LPG-S), and B Ashok, General Manager, Marketing Division, IOC, Karnataka, said that the scheme would provide employment opportunities for the rural youth as the age limit of the distributor would be between 21 and 45.

The scheme would empower rural women, as spouse would also be made partners in the dealership. LPG would offset the demand for kerosene.

The process to set up dealerships in 48 locations has been started and an advertisement would be issued soon inviting applications for dealerships in 125 places.

The first dealership under the scheme has become operational at Gudibande in Chickballapur district.

Wife partner

Under the scheme, appointment of dealers would be based on the condition that the individual concerned must make his wife a partner in the business. A bachelor would be asked to give an undertaking that he would make his wife a partner after marriage.

The idea is to empower rural women by providing them financial independence and the opportunity to grow.

Officials said under the current scheme of things, a distributor was expected to earn up to Rs. 10,000 a month on the sale of 700 refills. Under this scheme, the consumer himself has to come to the dealer for exchange of LPG cylinder.

Selection

Selection for dealership would be done through draw of lots of all eligible applicants securing minimum qualifying marks and in case there is more than one applicant for an identified location. Marks for evaluation would be awarded on financial capability and education qualification of the applicant.

The applicant must be a permanent resident of village for which he/she is applying; he/she should have at least passed 10 {+t} {+h} standard; and aged between 21 and 45 years. Applicant should have Rs. 2 lakh savings account in bank. Applicant should have own land in size of 20x24 metres for gas cylinder godown which is approached with road and only unemployed person is eligible for apply for the dealership. IOC would provide working capital for building godowns for SC/ST applicants.

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