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Vice president hands over six croreth LPG connection under PMUY

Oil minister says in the last 50 years, only 13 crore connections were provided whereas in the last 54 months, almost similar connections have been provided by the Modi government

GN Bureau | January 3, 2019


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Vice president M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday handed over 6 croreth LPG connection under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) to Delhi's Khanpur resident, Jasmina Khatoon.

Vice president while acknowledging the vision of prime minister Narendra Modi appreciated the collective efforts of the officials of ministry and the oil marketing companies in achieving the target of six crore.
 
Describing it as a momentous occasion, he said that PMUY endeavors to fulfill the dream of the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi to benefit the poor persons, the persons in the last row of the society.
 
Minister of petroleum and natural gas & skill development and entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan said in the last 50 years since the launch of LPG cooking gas, only 13 crore connections were provided whereas in the last 54 months, almost similar number of connections have been provided by this government.
 
He said the coverage of LPG connections has jumped from 55 percent in 2014 to 90 percent now. Pradhan said almost 80 percent beneficiaries under the PMUY have been refilling the cylinders. He said that the PMUY has been hailed by the international organizations and developed countries while it has set an example for the developing countries of the world.
 
In order to provide clean cooking fuel to BPL households, the centre has launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) scheme to provide 5 crore deposit-free LPG connections to women belonging to the below poverty line (BPL) families, which were subsequently increased to 8 crore with a budgetary allocation of Rs 12,800 crore.
 
Implementation of PMUY has resulted in significant increase in national LPG coverage, in general and Eastern States, in particular. The scheme has resulted in mass coverage of rural poor households and 48% of the beneficiaries are SC/STs.
 
While 74 percent beneficiaries under the scheme, who could not afford to make upfront payment for purchase of gas stove and first refill, were provided loan facility by the OMCs.
 
As on December 1, 2018, there are 22,639 LPG distributorships at industry level. With a view to strengthen the LPG distribution infrastructure, OMCs have plans to add 835 distributors by March, 2019 across the country.
 
To make LPG affordable to poor families, OMCs have introduced 5 Kg refill option to Ujjwala beneficiaries where in Ujjwala beneficiary can swap 14.2 Kg cylinder with 5 Kg refill and vice versa. 1,33,869nos. of beneficiaries have taken advantage of this scheme as on December 12, 2018.

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