Monday, September 9, 2013

How to enroll For LPG cylinder subsidy directly in your Bank Account

DBTL stands for Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG consumer. As per this scheme an LPG consumer will get his/her cylinder at full market price and the differential between subsidized price and full market price i.e. the subsidy will be transferred to his/her bank account up to a capped limit (9 cylinders in a year).
About DBTL Scheme
  • Effective 01.10.2013 domestic LPG Cylinders will be sold at market price.
  • You will get cash subsidy in advance to buy your market priced LPG Cylinders directly in your Aadhaar Linked Bank Account as per your entitlement. 
  • Consumers who are unable to complete formalities by 01.01.2014 will receive subsidized LPG cylinders as they are getting today till 31.03.2014
  • After 31.03.2014 all consumers who have to pay market price for LPG cylinder and subsidy will only be available to those who have completed the above formalities.
How to enroll in Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG Subsidy

1. Obtain Aadhaar Number, If you don't have one.

2. Link your Aadhaar Number to  existing your bank account
For this use Form No. 1

Where to submit this Form No.1
Form No.1 may be deposited at your bank branch/drop box at your LPG Distributor Premises/select company Petrol Pumps  
IF you don't have bank account, open a new one and link your Aadhaar No.
For more details refer this web page

3. Link your Aadhaar Number with your LPG Consumer No.

Any one of following

1. By hand delivery: Fill the details in Form No. 2 and give it to the LPG distributor along with the enclosures mentioned in Form No. 2

2. By Calling: Call 18002333555 and inform the call centre agent that you wish to give your Aadhaar number and follow the instructions. 

3.By Link through Website: Go to website, press start button and follow the seeding process.

4. By IVR

Call your company's number given below and follow IVR instruction:
IOCL : 09781324365 / 09669124365
HPCL : 09855623456 /8888823456
BPCL : 9420456789

5.By Sms : Send the following two separate SMSs
IOCL : 09781324365 /09669 124365
HPCL : 09855623456 /88888 23456
BPCL : 57333 & 52725 (Vodafone, MTNL,Idea,Airtel & Tata users) ( Mandi District)

1st SMS to register your mobile number
2nd SMS : Send your Aadhaar number from your registered mobile number UID Aadhaar number

 6. By Post 
Send by Speed Post a copy of your Aadhaar letter, with your name, Consumer number, Address and Mobile Number to the relevant office address of the LPG Marketing Company. To know the office address visit the following websites:
IOCL/ Indane
BPCL / Bharat Gas

Form No.1 Bank Linking Form
Form No. 2 LPG Linking Form


Sunday, September 1, 2013


Saboodana (साबूदाना )is popular food eaten during fasting and religious events ... Well, read the attached story and then decide yourself!!

Is Saboodana A Non-Vegetarian Or Vegetarian Food ?

Think about it..............

In Tamilnadu Salem area on the road from Salem to Coimbatore there are many Saboodana factories.

We start getting terribly bad smell when we were about 2 kms away from the factories.

Saboodana is made by root like sweet potato. Kerala has this root each weighing about 6kgs. Factory owners buy these roots in bulk during season, make it to pulp and put it in pits of about 40ft x 25ft.

Pits are in open ground and the pulp is allowed to rot for several months. Thousands of tons of roots rot in pits.

There are huge electric bulbs throughout the night where millions of insects fall in the pits.

While pulp is rotting, water is added everyday due to which 2" long white color eel is automatically born

like pests are born automatically in gutter. The walls of pits are covered

by millions of eels and factory owners with the help of machine crush the pulp with the eels which also become paste.

This action is repeated many times during 5-6 months.

The pulp is thus ready as roots and millions & millions of pests and insects crushed and pasted together. This paste is then passed through round mesh and made into small balls and then polished. This is Saboodana. Now I know why many people don't eat Saboodana treating this as non-vegetarian. If you find it appropriate and if you think after reading this one cannot relish Saboodana, pass on to those whom you want to save from this tasty food.
But wait, the above process is  not correct, In order to understand actual process, refer this video
Saboodana making Process 
Source of this video:
Wikipedia says that Saboodana is made from Tapioca. Tapioca is a starch extracted from the root of the plant species Manihot esculenta. This species, native to the Amazon, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela as well as the Caribbean, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, most of the West Indies, is now cultivated worldwide and has many names, including cassava, bitter-cassava, manioc, "mandioca", "aipim", "macaxeira", "manioca", "boba", "tapioca plant" "yuca" (you-ca) (not to be confused with yucca).

In India it has different names in different regions such as, "Sagudana" (literally, Sagu drops), "Sabudana"(literally, drops of soap), (not to be confused with Sago, which is also commonly known as "Sabudana" in India) and "Kappa."

In Vietnam, it is called bột năng. In Indonesia, it is called singkong. In Philippines, it is called sago.

An urban legend from Kerala claims that the English word tapioca derives from the Malayalam word combination, "thappiyokka". The story claims that a European, while in Kerala, once came across a native crouching on the ground, digging under a rather thin and tall plant. Curious to understand what was going on, the European asked the native what he was doing.

To which, the native answered "thappiyokka" which means in the local language Malayalam, "I am searching for ...". The European mistook the native's utterance for the name of the plant and thereby the English name tapioca!

Tapioca is a staple food in some regions and is used worldwide as a thickening agent, mainly in foods. Tapioca is gluten free, and almost completely protein free.

The health benefits of saboodana (sago) are mainly in the carbohydrates it provides. Also known as tapioca pearls, sago is made from the starch extracted from the pith (center) of the sago palm stems.

The commercial production of sago is in the shape of small globules or pearls.

Saboodana is full of starch or carbohydrates and is great for a quick boost of energy, and hence often served in India for breaking fasts during religious festivals.

Sago gruel is also great when you're sick because it gives you quick energy and is easy to digest.

According to Ayurveda, sago and rice have a cooling effect on the system, hence sago gruel is given if you have excess bile (caused by excess body heat).

Saboodana does not contain any minerals or vitamins and has very low amounts of calcium, iron, and fiber.  100 gms of Saboodana contains 351 kcal, 87 gms carbohydrate, 0.2 gm of fat and protein each. It does not have much nutritional value!

Saboodana, as mentioned above is made from Tapioca roots.  

These tapioca roots are crushed in a tank and stored for many days. It is speculated that starch/ flour is added to the paste, dried and finally made in to small balls of saboodana.  Of course the addition of flour and starch and the general unnatural process of making saboodana mean that it is unsuitable for consumption during fasting. Also, with the artificial production of saboodana it is unavoidable that it becomes contaminated by other non-permitted ingredients.  The email I received makes me wonder why we should be eating Saboodana at all, especially during fasts, and when it has little nutritional value.


More about Saboodana

Sunday, February 24, 2013

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?

A chat with Dr.Shetty (Heart Specialist) Bangalore. The transcript of the chat is given below. Useful for everyone.

Qn: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart? 

Ans: 1. Diet - Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil 

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