Did you know that the Indian government has a Defence Quota Scheme for oil products? Under this scheme, agencies supplying oil products to the military are allocated quotas by the government. This post will give an overview of the Defence Quota Scheme and provide information on the agencies currently under it.
What is the Oil Product Agencies (OPA) Defence Quota Scheme for ESM/Widows?
The Oil Product Agencies (OPA) Defence Quota Scheme is a scheme reserved for eligible ex-servicemen widows/dependents under the Defence Personnel (DP) Category for LPG distributorship, petrol/diesel retail outlet including Kisan Seva Kendra (KSK) and SKO/LDO dealership (Kerosene oil agency). Under this scheme, 8% quota of Oil Product Agencies is also allocated for eligible applicants.
How to apply for the OPA Defence Quota Scheme?
Interested applicants can obtain the application form from the concerned oil company or from the website of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. Further, the completed application form along with the required documents should be submitted to the concerned oil company.
Documents required for application
Her are the following documents needed for the application:
- Firstly, Discharge book/certificate in original (for ESM)
- Secondly, Service book/certificate in original (for Widows/Dependents)
- Next, Attested photocopies of Identity Card, Address Card, Caste Certificate, Income Certificate, Residence Certificate
- Two recent passport size photographs
- Letter of intent from the applicant
- Finally, NOC from concerned Zila Sainik Board/RSA (in case of ESM)
The eligibility criteria for the scheme are as follows:
- Firstly, the applicants should be between 21 and 55 years of age.
- Secondly, applicants should have completed Class 10th or equivalent from a recognized Board.
- Thirdly, the applicants should be citizens of India.
- Lastly, applicants must have a valid driving license.
Benefits of the scheme
The main benefits of the scheme are:
- Firstly, it helps in providing employment opportunities to ex-servicemen/widows/dependents.
- Secondly, it helps in meeting the energy requirements of the country by setting up new retail outlets for petrol, diesel and LPG.
How to contact the Oil Product Agencies for queries?
For any queries, applicants can contact the customer care numbers of the concerned oil companies or visit the nearest customer care centre. Moreover, the addresses and contact details of the customer care centres are available. Check the websites of the respective oil companies.
The government has been trying to do its bit for the welfare of ex-servicemen and their families by providing them with information on oil product agencies that come under the Defence Quota Scheme. All in all, this will help these individuals get their rightful share of products at discounted prices. Moreover, we hope this initiative will go a long way in helping our brave soldiers and their families lead a better life.
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