Source: News Bharati English30 Dec 2016 14:28:32
New Delhi, November 9: 1.5 Cr. LPG connections are fixed for the current financial year under the ambitious scheme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide deposit free LPG connections in the name of women of BPL families in the country under “Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana”.
Like to tell you that within a short span of 8 months of implementation of the scheme, States/UTs are covered under this scheme and more than 1.81 Cr. applications are received. Out of which 1.5 crore applications have been cleared and 1.01 crore connections are already given to the beneficiaries.
Top 5 States which have accounted for maximum number of connections released under the scheme include Uttar Pradesh (46 lakh), Madhya Pradesh (17 lakh), Rajasthan (14 lakh), Bihar (19 lakh) and West Bengal (19 lakh). These States constitutes nearly 75% of the total connections released. The households belonging to SC/ST constitute large chunk of beneficiaries with 35% of the connections being released to them.
These States constitutes nearly 75% of the total connections released. The households belonging to SC/ST constitute large chunk of beneficiaries with 35% of the connections being released to them.
On an average, 22 – 25 lakh new connections are released every month across the country under PMUY. Further analysis of the refill purchase status of the beneficiaries revealed that more than 80% of the beneficiaries have purchased their refills. The major beneficiaries of this scheme are from weaker sections of the society i.e. SC/ST who accounted for 44% of the connections released.
Vision of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is to provide clean cooking fuel to poor households in the country has been taken forward through implementation of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). An adult woman member of BPL family identified through Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC data is given a deposit free LPG connection with financial assistance of Rs. 1600/- per connection by Government of India.
The announcement of releasing 5 crore LPG connections to BPL families over a period of three years was made with allocation of Rs 8000 crore in the Union Budget on 29.2.2016. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi launched PMUY on 01.05.2016 from Balia, Uttar Pradesh.