Meeting of the
Consultative Committee of the Members of Parliament for the Ministry of
Petroleum & Natural Gas was held in Srinagar on 21st April, 2017.
Following Hon’ble Members of Parliament participated in the meeting -
Shri Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, Shri Chandrakant Bhaurao Khaire, Sh.
Harinder Singh Khalsa, Shri Janak Ram, Shri Murali Mohan Maganti, Shri
Narasimham Thota, Shri Ninong Ering, Shri Satya Pal Singh, Shri Ramdas
Chandrabhanji Tadas, Dr Ravindra Babu Pandula, Col. (Retd.) Sona Ram
Choudhary, Shri Tamradhwaj Sahu, Shri Tariq Anwar, Shri Vikaram Usendi,
Shri Ranjib Biswal and Shri Ravi Prakash Verma.
A presentation on the topic “Digital Modes of Payment - Promotion of
cashless transactions” was made during the meeting. The Hon’ble Members
gave their valuable inputs and suggestions to further promote the
digital modes of payment by way of cashless transactions. Chairing the
meeting, Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri
Dharmendra Pradhan welcomed all the Members of the Consultative
Committee. Shri Pradhan emphasized on the efforts made by the Ministry
and the OMCs to promote digital payments at fuel stations. He informed
that the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas took the lead role in
digital payment promotion drive. A three pronged strategy was followed
ie rapid expansion of digital payment infrastructure at fuel stations,
massive awareness campaign and incentivizing consumers. He informed that
38,128 ROs are with POS and more than 86% of ROs have digital
infrastructure today. Over 35,000 consumer awareness campaigns have been
organized in the country, in all major regional languages. Shri Pradhan
said that in order to promote digital transactions by consumers OMCs are
giving 0.75% discount to the customers on purchase of fuel through
cashless mode. Over 72,000 e wallets have also been activated.
Shri Pradhan said that the daily cashless transactions have increased
from Rs 150 Cr per day to Rs 400 Cr per day. He apprised Hon’ble Members
on the MoPNG e Seva, a dedicated social media grievance redressal
platform for oil and gas related complaints. He added that Swachh Petrol
Pump App is an initiative where citizens can give feedback on the status
of toilets at fuel stations.
The Minister reiterated that the Ministry does not approve or endorse
the move by a section of petrol pump dealers to close down fuel stations
on Sundays. He said fuel conservation as a major campaign is being
carried out by PCRA and OMCs under the guidance of the Ministry.
Shri Pradhan thanked the Members for their valuable inputs and
observations and said that the inputs would be considered and
deliberated on for possible solutions to issues.