Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan yesterday handed over allotment letters of 195 petrol pumps to women and SC/ST community as the government looks to increase the number of outlets for the weaker sections of society.
As on date, there are only 6,053 petrol pumps, or 11 per cent of total 54,826 outlets, run by SC/ST against the warranted 12,000 to meet the 20 per cent norm.
Pradhan said in the last three years, his ministry has taken several initiatives to help SC/STs awardees including revision of temporary company-owned-company-operated (COCO) divestment Policy in 2016. Under Corpus Fund Scheme for SC/ST/Women, ready built retail outlets along with working capital loan for full operation cycle will be provided, he said.
Pradhan said he has written to Chief Ministers of all states requesting them to make land available to state-owned oil companies at government rate for setting up SC/ST petrol pumps. The allotment letters of temporary COCO outlets to SC, ST & Women beneficiaries was presented in presence of Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot and Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram.