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Thursday, November 12, 2015

My Experience on Booking New LPG Connection Online

Even though, I booked this online LPG connection after getting married, I am writing this article now because, my experience will help someone like me to get this process done at the easiest. I always use to say that we are in information age and technology plays a major role in saving our time and money. It is all about how to make technology working for us.

New LPG Connection Online
New LPG Connection Online

My Opinion on Getting New LPG Connection Online



Having seen how the officials work at government sectors, their reaction while requesting some information is really discouraging me from reaching any government related office. Hence, whenever, I need to go to any government office, I always look for online service. However, I was also skeptic about online process. By gaining confidence, I gave an attempt to apply for LPG connection online. To my surprise, I got the process completed.

How I Choose LPG Service Provider?


I have not done any home work to decide which LPG provider to choose. I just went to google and searched for "online gas booking" and got the first link as Indane Gas Service. Booked new connection. I never thought it was so easy.

Documents Required for Booking New LPG Connection



  • ID Proof (Aadhar Card, Ration Card, Driving Licence)
  • Address Proof (Ration Card, Rental Agreement)
Note: I took the photograph of rental agreement and aadhar card  to upload it to the website.

Steps to Book new LPG Connection Online


  1. State
  2. District
  3. Distributor
  4. Full name
  5. Date of Birth
  6. Mobile Number
  7. Email Id
Note: Enter valid email address and phone number.

New LPG Connection Online Application Form
New LPG Connection Online Application Form

Once I submitted my information, I was provided with a reference number to check the New Connection status. I checked the status  and it was pending for 48 hours. Later, I received an email stating that the connection is approved and I must visit the nearest distributor to get the gas cylinder.

Filling Up Know Your Customer (KYC) Form 



After getting the online approval status, they provided me an link to Know Your Customer KYC form. I filled this form and submitted online. Here, I have provided all the details like number of cylinders required, Option to hold or give away LPG Subsidy, optional items like gas stove, cooker and LPG hose. I selected my preference and submitted.

I also took a hard copy of it. The nearest Indane gas agency is Vijay Gas Agencies, Palavakam.

My Bitter Experience at Vijay Gas Agencies, Palavakam.


Till now, I had no issues. all formalities are done. As I was requested to submit the hard copy of Know Your Customer KYC form, I got their number from internet and tried to reach them several times. They were not responding. Luckily, they picked the call once. I explained my requirements. They told me that I must reach their office before 12'o Clock in the afternoon. I spoke with my manager and got two hours of permission and reached Vijay Gas Agencies, Palavakam.

I reached their office and  was waiting in the reception. Once person looked at me and asked me what you want?. I told him I here to take a new LPG connection. He suddenly redirected me to another staff sitting on the other side. She was busy over talking in mobile phone. I was waiting for 5 minutes. Later, I reached her desk and asked "Excuse me". She looked at me and asked "New Connection ah?". I told yes. Having her mobile phone on one side, she picked up three to four form and told me to fill. Thinking that these are requirements, I took those forms and skimmed through it. To my surprise, it was the same Know Your Customer (KYC) Form.

I reached to that lady again. This time she completed her conversation over mobile phone. I told her that I have already filled all these details online and I have the reference number and hard copy. She replied "We do not consider online application details". She told to fill the forms again. I was really shocked to hear this one from this lady. The person sitting nearby noticed our conversion and he called me. He requested the online reference number and my aadhar card number. He checked the details and said sir, you received your document and you can take the cylinders right now by paying the required money.


I gave all the documents to him and paid 5500 INR. He added stating you need to pay 9500 INR. I was shocked. I told him, sir the online application states total of 5500 INR. It is for deposit amount, two cylinders and and one induction stove. However, he said, the brand mentioned in online form is not in stock. Hence, you need to take the items that are in stock. I told him it's alright. He gave me following things:



2 Cylinders
1 LPG Stove
1 LPG Hose
1 Cooker

As I had 2 hours of permission from my manager, I did not take the cylinders along with me. Instead, teh person told, he will deliver it in your home tomorrow and they will help you to setup the items. They do delivered it to our house. But not on the same day. But, after 15 days and 10+ followups.

Conclusion


Government is also trying to make things possible by implementing online service. Indane gas service  was very responsive. However, in my scenario, it is the staffs at agency which gave me this experience. They were not ready to listen to me when I approached them and not yet ready to face or accept the change in technology to meet the current needs.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Your Contribution to Prime Ministers National Relief Fund (PMNRF)

Recently, I received a tweet from one of the famous blogger in India. This tweet said about contribution for flood relief fund in Jammu & Kashmir. However, I was very curious to know whether the information correct. I tried to validate it.

Prime Ministers National Relief Fund (PMNRF)
Prime Ministers National Relief Fund (PMNRF)
I did clicked on the URL in the tweet and I was taken  taken to Prime Ministers National Relief Fund contribution page. I figured out that this is a common forum for all relief activities and not specific to Jammu and Kashmir Relief Fund. In fact, I would say, I learned a lot by visiting this page.

It is informed that Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) does not collect any money through SMS/Miss call services or through any such service provider. It is advised that any such Calls/ Messages should not be entertained.

Being in information age and dealing with day today technology, we may believe the call or SMS that talks about relief fund may be correct and out of sympathy, we will end up contributing to spammers. However, I figured out that online contribution via Prime Ministers National Relief Fund (PMNRF) is the only way to contribute for all natural calamities and disorder.

All contributions towards PMNRF are exempt from Income Tax under section 80(G). The PAN number of PMNRF is AACTP4637Q. 

Steps to Contribute to Prime Ministers National Relief Fund (PMNRF)

  1. Full Name
  2. Address
  3. City
  4. Zip
  5. Country
  6. Email ID
  7. Mobile
  • Enter your payment information and check the box "I Accept the above terms for donations." and click on Continue to Pay button. Now, you can follow the online instructions and complete your transaction.

Available Payment Options for  Prime Ministers National Relief Fund (PMNRF)


MNRF accepts online contribution only through netbanking. At present, payments through Credit or Debit cards are not accepted.

Note: You may click Payment History and find out the status of your transaction.

The payments via net banking can be done using anyone of the following banks:

  • Allahabad Bank
  • Andhra Bank
  • Axis Bank
  • Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait
  • Bank of Baroda - Corporate Banking
  • Bank of Baroda - Retail Banking
  • Bank of India
  • Bank of Maharashtra
  • Canara Bank
  • Catholic Syrian Bank
  • Central Bank of India
  • Corporation Bank
  • Dena Bank
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Development Credit Bank
  • Dhanlakshmi Bank
  • Federal Bank
  • HDFC Bank
  • ICICI Bank
  • IDBI Bank
  • Indian Bank
  • Indian Overseas Bank
  • IndusInd Bank
  • ING Vysya Bank
  • Jammu & Kashmir Bank
  • Karnataka Bank Ltd
  • Karur Vysya Bank
  • Kotak Bank
  • Laxmi Vilas Bank - Co-operative Bank
  • Laxmi Vilas Bank - Retail Net Banking
  • Oriental Bank of Commerce
  • Punjab & Sind Bank
  • Punjab National Bank - Corporate Banking
  • Punjab National Bank - Retail Banking
  • Shamrao Vitthal Co-operative Bank
  • South Indian Bank
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur
  • State Bank of Hyderabad
  • State Bank of India
  • State Bank of Mysore
  • State Bank of Patiala
  • State Bank of Travancore
  • Syndicate Bank
  • UCO Bank
  • Union Bank of India
  • United Bank of India
  • Vijaya Bank
  • Yes Bank Ltd

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