Dharmendra Pradhan launches missed call facility for LPG consumers

New Delhi: Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan introduced the missed call facility for LPG consumers at an event held today in Bhubaneswar, an important step towards the government’s efforts to make people’s lives easier. Indian Oil’s LPG customers can now use the single missed call number 8454955555 for refill booking – all over India and for new connections in Bhubaneswar city.

On this occasion, Pradhan also started the second phase of world-class premium grade petrol (Octane 100) branded as XP 100 produced by Indian Oil. In this second phase, Indian Oil’s branded XP100 was launched today in seven more cities including Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochi, Indore and Bhubaneswar. The Union Minister launched the XP100 in the first phase a month ago on 01 December 2020 at select outlets in 10 Indian cities.

Speaking on the occasion, Steel Minister Pradhan said that, the missed call facility is a great example of the success of Digital India Mission to provide excellent service to the people. He said that the government is using technology as it is willing to treat every Indian equally, to make all services accessible to the general public and ease the living of citizens. He said that this service being started from Bhubaneswar will soon be extended to the entire country.

Steel Minister Pradhan asked gas agencies and distributors to ensure that the delivery period of LPG cylinders should be reduced from 1 day to a few hours. He said that, the country has come a long way in LPG distribution. LPG connections were made available to about 13 crore people from the year 1955 to 2014, but today this figure is going to reach 30 crore gas connections, which is a major success and the government’s commitment to providing clean fuel to the public it shows. She said that LPG connection has really empowered Indian women.

Steel Minister Pradhan also discussed the importance of the power of technology in making the life of common man easier. He appreciated the efforts of Odisha Mining Corporation-OMC for distribution. The Union Minister specifically addressed the delivery boys as ‘Corona warriors’ who showed courage and honesty to supply LPG to the doorsteps of the people without interruption even in the time of Kovid epidemic. He said that, when the whole world was troubled by Corona despite its resources and prosperity, India struggled under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, which united the whole country and India’s success presented a new model to the world .

While flagging off the first consignment of XP100 from the country’s oldest refinery in Digboi, Assam, Pradhan said that it reflected the Prime Minister’s vision of development of the East. He said that the XP100 is world-class petrol that will enhance the performance of modern high-speed cars. Shri Pradhan said that this advanced petrol produced from Digboi Refinery will cater to the needs of retail outlets in cities located in the northeastern region of the country. Digboi joins the elite group of Mathura and Barauni refineries by producing XP 100 petrol using existing infrastructure and secondary processing facilities. This is indeed a commendable achievement, the oldest refinery in the country to produce the most advanced petrol available.

The benefits of missed call refill booking f acility over IVRS facility are as follows:

• Quick booking, a customer does not have to hold a call for long.
• Wherever normal call rates are applicable in IVRS calls, there is no call charge to customers in this facility.
• Those who are not familiar with the IVRS facility or old-age customers who face problems in using IVRS can opt for refill booking through all missed calls.
• This will make the lives of rural consumers even easier.