New Delhi: The government has introduced 33% reservation for women and eased the criteria of age and education for allotment of cooking gas distributorship as well as eased norms for awarding petrol pump dealerships.
The upper age limit for appointment of LPG distributorship has been raised to 60 years and minimum education criteria has been lowered to 10th standard, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan reportedly told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
Till now government fuel retailers allotted LPG distributorships to persons in the age group of 21 to 45 years offering own land and meeting certain educational and financial criteria.
Educational qualification for LPG agency under the general, or regular, quota has been to 10th pass against previous minimum qualification requirement of graduation.
The requirement of finance for setting up gas agency has been done away with and the amount of security deposit has also been reduced.
For allotment of petrol pumps, the educational qualification requirement has been lowered from graduation to matriculation. The earlier norm of having a particular sum of money for setting up a petrol pump in a scheduled bank has been changed to “un-encumbered fixed deposits in any bank”.
The definition of ‘family’ whose land can be used for setting up a petrol pump has been expanded to include the applicant and his or her spouse, parents, siblings, including step brothers and sisters, children including step children, son-in-law and daughter-in-law, parents-in-law and grandparents.
Earlier, the ‘family unit’ consisted of the individual applicant, spouse, unmarried children. In case of unmarried applicants, the unit consisted of parents, unmarried siblings. In case of divorcee/widower, it consisted of individual and unmarried children only.
Pradhan said the previous norm that the land offered for setting up of petrol pump cannot be changed, except in cases where statutory approvals could not be obtained, has been changed.
Now, the allottee can “offer an alternate land” meeting the specifications.