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Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana – Free LPG Connection Scheme for BPL Families

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Indian Government is all set to launch a new mega social welfare scheme on 1st May. Narendra Modi government is launching Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, a LPG connection distribution scheme.

Narendra Modi Government under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana has planned to provide free LPG connections to BPL (Below Poverty Line) households in India. The central government has set a target of distributing free LPG connections to 5 crore BPL households across the country.

The scheme will be implemented over three years starting from 2016-17 to 2018-19. For the financial year 2016-17 alone, the central government has set aside a budget of Rs. 2000 Crores to distribute free LPG connection to 1.5 Crore BPL families.

A total budget provision of Rs. 8000 Crores have been made by the central government for implementation of the Ujjwala Yojana over three years. State government and union territories will help in identification of eligible BPL households for the scheme.


Free LPG Connection Scheme for BPL Families

The main objective of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is not just the distribution of free LPG connection but also empowering women in rural areas and protecting their health. Cutting short the indoor as well as outdoor pollution are also among the long term goals of the scheme that can be fulfilled. If the scheme is implemented successfully, it will also help reducing the number of diseases in children and women caused due to burning of unclean fossil fuel in households.

A financial assistance of Rs. 1600 will be provided to each BPL beneficiary under the scheme to purchase LPG connection. The assistance would be given only in the name of women person in the household in whose name the LPG connection is to be purchased. EMI facility will also be provided to beneficiaries to buy stove and refill cylinder.

Funding of the scheme will come from the money saved through “Give-it-up” campaign in LPG subsidies. Since the launch of campaign in January 2015, about 1.13 Crore LPG subscribers have voluntarily have given up the LPG subsidy and buying the LPG cylinder at market price. This way, the central government has also saved thousands of Crores.

There are about 16.64 crore LPG subscribers in the country at present out of which most are in Urban and Semi Urban areas.Rural areas in the country are still using fossil fuel for cooking food which is dangerous for both health and environment. Rural areas in the country have very limited access to the LPG.

Talking about the current state of LPG in India, the current total requirement is 21 million tonne out of which India imports about 40% or about 8.5 million tonne. The import may reach to 50-55% if the Ujjwala Yojana is implemented successfully and 5 crore new subscribers are added.

You can also read Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana in Hindi with complete details about the scheme.

Overall, the scheme can prove to be a great initiative by the Narendra Modi government which will not only empower women belonging to the poorest households in India but also protect their health and of their children.

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