Mirem declared ‘smokeless’ under PMUY

Mirem declared ‘smokeless’ under PMUY

PASIGHAT, Jun 14: Mirem, the largest village in East Siang district, was on Thursday declared as the first ‘smokeless’ village in the district as all the households of the hamlet would be using LPG (cooking gas) under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) instead of conventional fuel, from tomorrow onwards. Mirem village under Bilat circle has 273 households with 1450 populations as per 2011 Census. Literacy rate of Mirem is 80.03% as compared to State’s 65.38%.

East Siang Deputy Commissioner Tamiyo Tatak today declared Mirem as the first smokeless village after distributing free LPG connections to 120 BPL women beneficiaries under the ‘Expanded’ Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY).

Also present on the occasion were proprietor of M/s Sanggo Gas Agency and ex-Minister Dr Tangor Tapak, IOC’s Sales Officer Syed MM Hussain, Dy Director of Food & Civil Supplies Bijoy Pertin, Circle Officer O Gao and villages heads.

Addressing the gathering, the DC said that PMUY launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2016, aimed to provide clean fuel by way of LPG cylinders to BPL households and improve health of women through smokeless kitchens. He added that 21 villages would be converted to smokeless switching conventional fuel to the LPG under this central flagship scheme in the district, in days to come.

Responding to a public memorandum, the DC said for construction of cement boulder pitching concrete embankment for Latu MIC and Remi river headwork at Mirem, the villagers may approach the local MLA of 37-Pasighat A/C and Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Management. As demanded by the villagers for appointment of three more GBs, he informed that new appointment of GBs has been restricted by the Govt but may be adjusted as per procedure if there are vacancies.

Earlier, the IOC Sales Officer Hussian said they had held village meetings and conducted demonstrations about the usage of LPG stove and created awareness among the villagers as to how the LPG connection would improve their lives. Hussain also presented a brief report on identification of villages and selection process of beneficiaries. He delivered lecture to boost the confidence of the women about adopting this clean, green cooking fuel and cleared doubts and misconceptions.

M/s Sanggo Gas Agency proprietor Dr Tangor Tapak also made the beneficiaries aware about the benefits of using LPG and demonstrated safe operation/uses of LPG with technical help of the agency’s staff members. Among others, district BJP president Tamat Jonnom, prominent leader Tamat Gamoh, GBs and Sanggo Gas Agency’s manager Sadhan Pal also spoke. (DIPRO)

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