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Ujjwala: LPG Scheme for Poor Women
May 03, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana on May 1, which aims to provide five crore LPG connections to women in Below Poverty Line (BPL) households over the next three financial years, at a cost of Rs. 8,000 crore. This Scheme will be implemented over three years--2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.

The scheme, launched at Ballia in Uttar Pradesh, is to be partially funded from the savings accruing to the government from LPG users who gave up their subsidy as part of the Give It Up programme. Over one crore consumers have given up their subsidy, leading to savings of nearly Rs. 2,000 crore per year. This money would be utilised to provide LPG connections to BPL families.

Salient Features

  • The new users who receive LPG connections under the scheme will not have to pay the security deposit, while the Rs. 1,600 administrative costs, cost of pressure regulator booklet and safety hose will be borne by the government.

  • Consumers will have the option to purchase gas stove and refills on EMI.

  • Nearly 10,000 new distributorships and infrastructure expansion plans were in the works to cater to the increased demand arising out of the new connections.

  • The households will be selected using the socio-economic and caste census data.

  • Currently, India has 16.64 crore active LPG consumers with a requirement of about 21 million tonnes per annum.

  • According to World Health Organisation estimates, about 5 lakh deaths occur in India alone due to unclean cooking fuels. Providing LPG connections to BPL households will ensure universal coverage of cooking gas in the country and this will empower women and protect their health.

  • On March 10, Union Government sanctioned this scheme to provide free LPG connections to the poor women of the nation. Under the scheme of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, about 8,000 crore rupees has been reserved for provide fifty million LPG connections to the poor family units.

  • Qualified family units will be discovered by consulting with the state governments as well as Union territories. This strategy will be carried out for the following 3 years continuously.

In our country, the poor have limited access to cooking gas (LPG). The spread of LPG cylinders has been predominantly in the urban and semi-urban areas with the coverage mostly in middle class and affluent households. According to WHO estimates, about 5 lakh deaths in India alone due to unclean cooking fuels. Most of these premature deaths were due to non-communicable diseases.


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