A ministry statement said, "At present, there are more than 10 crore (100 million) LPG customers enrolled with the OMCs which cover 50 per cent of the population of the country."
Nilekani said, "The oil sector's database of consumers was a huge attraction and resource towards accomplishing the task in his hand."
"It was in this context that he decided to call on the petroleum minister even before he formally assumed charge of the authority," said the press release.
The ministry also said, "The identification of the customers will help in better targeting the subsidised products like LPG (domestic) and PDS kerosene."
Deora said that a pilot project will be soon launched in Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad and a few villages for issuing smart cards to the consumers of Public Distribution System (PDS) kerosene and domestic LPG.