Round-the-clock online payment facility for LPG refill bookings introduced

State-run oil marketing companies (OMCs) have now introduced an online payment facility for consumers at the time of booking their LPG refill cylinder so that they need not worry about leaving cash with their family members or attendants if a delivery is likely to be made while they are out.

This facility would bring great relief to working couples as well as senior citizens as they can make the payment online without bothering to keep adequate cash at home. This will also eliminate hassles of exact change needed for payment or avoid delivery failure due to no cash situation.

Minister of state (independent charge) for petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan launched the online payment facility of cylinder booking at a function in Mumbai on Sunday. Earlier this month, the minister had dedicated the year 2016 as the ''Year of the Consumers''.

The OMCs under the guidance of petroleum ministry have been constantly striving to bring convenience to the LPG consumers. They have now implemented on IVRS, web and SMS refill booking facilities, portability of gas connection, PAHAL scheme for LPG subsidy transfer directly to the bank account of consumers, ''Sahaj'' Scheme making it possible for consumers to get new LPG connection online without visiting the distributors showroom.

These can be done through the unified web portal, which is available in 13 languages, to facilitate consumers to carry out all their LPG related activities like booking, tracking, DBTL status, distributors' performance, porting the gas connection, receipt of subsidy details and much more.

With the increase in the number of people using the internet and mobile gadgets, the OMCs, namely Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, have taken up a series of technology-based consumer centric initiatives keeping pace with the changing time and preferences of consumers in line with Digital India Programme of the Government of India.