100L CR Pipeline Infra

Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan today said the Centre has come up with Rs.100 lakh crore worth of national pipeline infrastructure.

Mr.Pradhan said a plan is there to open 75,000 petrol pumps, out of which 20,000 have been reserved for the SC/ST brothers and sisters.
Mr.Pradhan announced this while flagging  off 3121st Bulk LPG Tanker Truck and participated in the Special National Vendor Development Program on Petroleum & Steel sectors for SC/ST Entrepreneurs, organized by Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI).
Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Pradhan said the Government has gone beyond providing scholarships and reservations for SC/STs, and is empowering them to become entrepreneurs.
Speaking about Government’s various efforts towards welfare of SC/ST communities, Mr.Pradhan said “Government plans to open 75,000 petrol pumps, out of which 20,000 have been reserved for the SC/ST brothers and sisters. Out of this, more than 17 thousand Letter Of Intent (LOI)s have already been given to them, and work has begun for putting up 3600 retail outlets.
Out of over 8 crore Ujjwala connections, over 3 crore connections have been handed over to the SC/ST families.
Mr.Pradhan further said that various ministries have ensured handholding of SC/ST entrepreneurs to make Stand Up India, a success. He said that government has simplified procedures, established policies, worked with all stakeholders to support the entrepreneurial spirit of SC/ST brothers and sisters and to ensure that new entrepreneurs are not at a disadvantage.
He said that the Union Government has ensured that PSUs procure at least 25% of their requirements from the MSMEs and banks have been given targets to lend to start-ups, giving impetus to entrepreneurial spirit among the disadvantaged sections of the society.
The Minister also presented token of appreciation to Bank of Baroda, Oriental Insurance Company, Ashok Leyland, Tata Motors, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd., Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (|HPC) among others, for their contributions.
DICCI is apex body of SC/ST Entrepreneurs in the country with 29 state and 7 international chapters. DICCI organizes NVDP and industrial exhibitions and trade fair to showcase products manufactured by SC/ST businessmen, to leverage market access support & networking.
The Special NVDP was attended by around 700 SC-ST medium and small enterprises from across the country.

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