The Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan handed over the Seven Crores LPG connection under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana
The PMUY was launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 1st May 2016 with an initial target of five core LPG connections, which was later revised upward to eight cores connections.
Aim of PMUY
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) aims to safeguard the health of women & children by providing them with a clean cooking fuel – LPG so that they don’t have to compromise their health in smoky kitchens or wander into unsafe areas collecting firewood. LPG connections will be provided to BPL families with the support of Rs.1600 per connection. The connection is provided in the name of the adult women of the family. Further, an option is provided to provide a loan at zero interest to bear the cost of the cooking stove and the first refill which has to be paid by the beneficiary, Initially the beneficiaries under the scheme were identified through social economic caste census, now all the poor of the country are now eligible to get PMUY connection. Further to give a fillip to the scheme 6800 new distributorships were given to strengthen the rural LPG supply chain
World Health Organisation (WHO) has acknowledged the PMUY as one of the decisive interventions by the Indian government to address the indoor air pollution, which accounts for nearly 10 lakh (1 million) deaths every year across India.
Achievement of PMUY
- 7 crore LPG connections have been distributed over a span of 34 months. This comes down to around nearly 69 thousand connections are being released per day.
- 82 per cent of PMUY beneficiaries are going for refilling their cylinder.
- About 42 per cent of the total beneficiaries belong to the SCs/STs.