Ranchi, Feb 26 (PTI) Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said distribution of LPG connection to the BPL families of the state would be completed before time. Also Read - Jharkhand: 2 Soldiers Killed, 3 Injured in IED blast in West Singhbhum District

The goal for 2018 is to provide LPG connections to 15 to 16 lakh people, an official release said quoting Das. Also Read - Pathalgadi Movement: Tribals in Ranchi Install Stone Plaque on Land Given to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Ovens would also be given to the beneficiaries, he said after inaugurating the ‘LPG Catalyst of Social Change Conference’ held here. Also Read - Ishan Kishan Blasts 94-Ball 173 Ahead of IPL 2021; Shatters Several Records

Addressing the gathering, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said Jharkhand is the first state in the country where stove and first refill are given free with LPG connection.

He said, though Jharkhand is a a backward state, the poor families associated with the Ujjwala scheme are making an average of three refills annually and this is a huge success.

To provide clean fuel in Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad and Bokaro, LPG will be made available through pipelines soon, he said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.