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‘LPG users being brought under insurance’

The government has taken a plan to bring users of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) under insurance facilities so that they can get financial compensation for any accident.

The initiative was taken following an accident risk of distribution irregularities as the use of the gas has increased manifold on local market.

To this effect, a guideline will be formulated soon, said an official of Energy and Mineral Resources Division.

Recently, a meeting has been held at Energy Division to elaborately discuss the use and risk of LPG.

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid was present at the meeting.

At the meeting, the authorities concerned recommended bringing LPG users under insurance facilities.

The official also said LPG use has been increased 5-6 folds in the last few years. In the future, LPG will be used as fuel in household sector about cent percent. So, it is urgent to bring the consumers of the sector under insurance facilities.

The official further said the ministry concerned will hold separate meetings with LPG distributors in this regard.

The companies will have take responsibility for the security of their consumers, he added.

Every company can make a database through registering their consumers. Later, it can bring its registered consumers under insurance facilities so that they can get financial compensation in case of accident, says a statement presented by Energy and Mineral Resources Division Deputy Secretary (Operation-2) Akramuzzaman at the meeting.

Besides, LPG users should be aware of any accident. Security measures should be taken to avoid any accident.

Recommendation was also made to test LPG cylinders after a specific date. A modern safety regulator should be used to fend off any accident.

Speaking on the occasion, Energy Junior Minister Nasrul Hamid said people now use a huge quantity of LP gas for cooking. But they are not following safety measures.

The government is taking measures to ensure safe and long-lasting use of LPG.

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