IIT researchers devise decision support system (DCS) to maximise LPG connections in BPL households.

IIT researchers devise decision support system (DCS) to maximize LPG connections in BPL households.

November 18, 2018.

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur have devised a Decision Support System that will help maximize LPG connections in BPL households under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.’ It is a first of its kind for analysis of national-level energy policy. ‘Decision Support System’ (DSS) focusing on the ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’ for maximizing the number of LPG connections, particularly in below poverty level (BPL) households, have devised by a team of researchers, led by Prof Manoj Kumar Tiwari of the Department of Industrial and System Engineering, at IIT Kharagpur.

The DSS mathematical model devised at IIT KGP has found the optimum number of total (BPL) connections need in a region and the number of dealerships that require to be commissioned in an area over the policy time frame, the statement said. This type of mathematical modeling of a policy (LPG) can be used as a reference for the mathematical modeling of other policies. “This kind of DSS can be developed for various federal and state level policies for various commodities like solar panels distributions, agricultural commodities and so on.” A decision support system (DSS) is a computer programme that helps in making sound rational decisions using mathematical programming and operation research techniques.

Decision Support System can not only find how the number of household connections could be increased but the region that contributes most in each zone of LPG distribution also. some areas such as Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Rajasthan, and West Bengal have already been well covered, and now the government requires to pay special attention to areas critical to LPG connections, such as Assam in the North-East to achieve 100 percent BPL household connections.

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