Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Tuesday said that the State Government is extending all possible help to establish Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and other cities. The CM, during a meeting with officials of Union Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel Ministry here on Tuesday asked them to start CNG stations as early as possible in State.
Das said during the meeting that city gas distribution will begin in Ranchi and Jamshedpur by September. Any assistance required from the government’s side will be provided to the oil companies, he added.
The CM said that UJJWALA Didis are being appointed in every village of the State and they should be trained for safety and refilling of cylinders by the ministry. The State government was providing Gas stove, LPG connection and first refill of the LPG cylinders free of cost under UJJWALA scheme. From August 23 the government will provide free second refill of the LPG.
Union Minister of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel said on the occasion that with the efforts of State government companies attached with the ministry have worked well. “The Ministry (Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel) is with the State government in each step. In the first week of September city gas distribution will begin. Also, foundation stones will be laid for gas based crematoriums in Ranchi and Jamshedpur,’ he said.
“The step will not only be environment friendly but also save money and time. The companies attached with the Ministry have invested around Rs 10,000 crore, which has increased opportunities of employment in the State. A large number of people are getting jobs. In coming days the effect of the works will be seen,” said Pradhan.
“ONGC is working very fast on coal bed methane. In next three-four years people will not only get cheap gas but also the State of Jharkhand will earn huge revenue. Jharkhand will be made Bio-Energy Hub. So much work could be done in coal bed methane, ethanol, natural gas, solar energy, bio energy here. Jet fuel will also be prepared from forest produce of the State. This will become a new source of income for the people of Jharkhand,’ he said.
It was decided in the meeting that the Bokaro General Hospital and other PSU hospitals will be connected soon with Ayushman Bharat scheme. The officials of Bokaro Steel Plant were instructed to purchase at least 25 per cent in local quality products without compromising.
This will support local small and micro enterprises. In the meeting, it was decided to start production by forming a joint venture of the state government and NMDC. In this, priority will be given to small, small and medium enterprises of the state in manufactured products.
Chief Secretary Dr DK Tiwari, Principal Secretary to CM Sunil Kumar Barnwal, officials of Union and State government, ONGC, BPCL, GAIL, HPCL, SAIL, INDANE and others were present in the meeting.