IMPHAL, April 16 - Steps are on to convert 573 Manipur villages into smokeless villages by May 5 under the directive of Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas – Sapka Saath Sabka Gao ka Vikas Sammelan, according to Indian Oil Corporation (IOC).
Out of the State’s 573 villages to be covered under the Centre’s initiative to make households smokeless (100 per cent Domestic LPG provision/conversion), Senapati district has the maximum number of (190) villages to be benefited while Thoubal has just one village. Churachandpur has 118 villages, Ukhrul-92, Tamenglong-89, Chandel-58, Imphal East-13, Bishnupur-7 and Imphal West-7.
The lone village in Thoubal district was Yaithibi Khunou having just 115 households and a population of 540.
“But so far, we have completed surveys of about 60 villages out of 573 villages which houses 144,282 familes,” Sinam Ibungoton, Deputy General Manager, IOC, Imphal said. “The selection of the woman beneficiaries will be from BPL families based on the 2011 Soico-Economic Caste Census(SECC)list or from SC/ST households, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(Gramin), Antyodaya Anna Yojana, Forest dwellers, Most backward classes, people living in islands and river islands and ex-tea garden tribes.”
Reports said 6.55 lakhs LPG connections will be provided in Northeastern States under the scheme which is expected to cover 6,741 villages under 80 districts in NE.