Bhubaneswar: The Biju Mahila Janata Dal (BMJD) on Wednesday said it would hold a massive demonstration at the IOCL office here on Thursday, alleging that there has been a massive scam in the implementation of the Ujjwala Yojana in Odisha.
BMJD president Pramila Mallick informed this at a Press meet held at the party’s State head office here.
“According to the reply submitted by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, a total of 30,48,000 beneficiaries had been involved in the Ujjwala Yojana in Odisha by July 30, 2018. Of total beneficiaries, 8,18,786 had refilled their cylinders in 2016-17 and the number of such beneficiaries came down to 6,45,265 in 2017-18. While 24 lakh beneficiaries have not come for a second refilling, it clearly indicates about a massive scam committed in Odisha in the scheme,” alleged Mallick.
She further remarked that, out of 1,05,808 beneficiaries given cylinders in Pradhan’s home district, Angul, only 35,406 beneficiaries refilled in 2016-17 and the number came down to 16,950 in 2017-18.
She wanted that the Minister should make a statement in public as to where did the refilling gas of balance cylinders go.
Similarly, Mallick said the NDA Government increased LPG price 22 times during the last five years despite the fact that the crude oil prices decreased from USD 102 in 2014 to USD 52 in 2017. The refilling price of a cylinder has increased from Rs 414 in 2014 to Rs 480 in 2017. Similarly, the price of non-subsidized cylinder has increased by Rs 59 since September 30, 2018.
“In Kendrapada district, cylinders have been distributed to ghost beneficiaries. The IOCL authorities have conceded to this and cancelled an agency,” said Mallick.
“While the Union Government had claimed that the Ujjwala Scheme has wiped out tears from eyes of housewifes, in reality it has lit a fire in their eyes in Odisha,” Mallick alleged further. She said the Biju Mahila Janata Dal will held a demonstration in protest against the massive scam at the IOCL officer here on Thursday.