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Retail selling of small LPG cylinders through Fair Price Shops likely
Proactive measures need to be taken to enhance financial viability of Fair Price Shops, says Secretary, Food and Public Distribution.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated on 27 Oct 2021, 10:06 am

(File Photo: IFP)

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The plan of retail selling of small LPG cylinders through Fair Price Shops (FPS) is on the anvil and other proactive measures are being planned for enhancing financial viability of FPS according to local needs and requirements, Sudhanshu Pandey, Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution, said in a video conferencing on Wednesday.

Representatives from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEiTY), Department of Financial Services(DFS), Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), CSC e-Governance Services India Limited (CSC) and all States/UTs participated in the virtual conference.

They said they would co-ordinate with CSC to review the feasibility to increase the financial viability of FPS according to local needs and requirements.

Representatives from Oil Marketing Companies said that necessary support required would be provided for retail selling of small LPG cylinders through FPS in coordination with interested State/UT governments.

Representative from the Department of Financial Services appreciated the proposal to provide financial services through FPS, extending MUDRA loans to FPS dealers for capital augmentation and informed that necessary support would be provided for the same in coordination with interested State/UT governments.

Meanwhile, Secretary, DFPD advised CSC to conduct separate workshops and webinars with different groups of States/UTs based on their current status to provide sensitisation on potential benefits, capacity building of FPS and to assist them in implementation of these initiatives, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said in a release.

He also mentioned that different State/UTs can take up the above initiatives and tailor it to suit their individual requirements. He also advised States/UT to conduct continuous awareness and outreach campaign simultaneously to sensitise FPS dealers on the benefits of these initiatives.

First published:27 Oct 2021, 10:06 am

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