This section deals with schemes and acts relevant to energy and communities.
Rajiv Gandhi Gramin LPG Vitrak (RGGLV)
“Rajiv Gandhi Gramin LPG Vitrak (RGGLV)” was launched on October 16, 2009. The Scheme aims at setting up small size LPG distribution agencies in order to increase rural penetration and to cover remote as well as low potential areas (locations having potential of 600 cylinders (refill sales) per month).
The scheme is currently being launched in all states across the country.
Salient features of the scheme
- The agencies under the RGGLV will be of small size requiring lesser finance/infrastructure. These agencies would be viable with monthly refill sales of 600 against 2,500 at present.
- The agencies would penetrate deeper into the rural areas where regular distributorships become unviable due to the scale of operation and investment. RGGLV distributors may be viable for around 1,500 customers in the cluster of villages being served.
- These agencies will be self operated: The distributorship himself will manage the agency, with the help of his family member and one or two employees.
- There will be no arrangement for home delivery.
- Age limit for the distributor is being kept as between 21 and 45 years leading to new employment opportunities for the rural youth.
- Distributor under the scheme will have to be a permanent resident of the village(s) covered by particular location.
- Under this scheme, all agencies will be in the joint name of husband and wife. In case of applicants who are single, an undertaking will be obtained that after marriage, ‘Spouse’ will automatically deem to become ‘partner’. This will be a step towards empowerment of rural womenfolk.
- The likely capital expenditure for setting up of a new RGGLV distributorship will be about Rs. 3.21 lakh with land measuring 20 meter X 24 meter being owned by the candidate being an essential requirement.
- The distributor will be able to recover the capital expenditure by the time 1,800 new LPG connections are released. The indicative net income of the distributor would be about Rs. 7,500 per month.
- An important feature of the scheme is that no interviews would be conducted and selection of the distributors would be by draw of lots from amongst all candidates who have secured more than 80% marks on the criteria of financial capability and educational qualifications.
- 25% of the locations would be reserved for SC/ST categories in the respective states. 25% reservation for the categories of Defence Personnel/Para Military Personnel/Physically Handicapped/ Outstanding Sports persons would be clubbed under one common category. In the common category, if no candidate is found, then the advertisement next time would be under open category.