Loksabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan here today handed over 5 crores LPG connection under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) to Ms. Takrdiran of Delhi in the Parliament House.
Ms. Mahajan appreciated the collective efforts of the officials of Ministry and the Oil Marketing Companies in achieving the target of 5 crores. Moreover, she shared advantages of using LPG in terms of health benefits, time saved and ensuring the safety of women.
Modi Government launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) on May 1, 2016, and its implementation is taken care by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas through its Oil Marketing Companies i.e., IOC, BPCL and HPCL through their network of distributors across the country.
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Through Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), initially, 5 crore BPL households were targeted for providing deposit free LPG connections to BPL households by March 31, 2019. In a record time of 28 months for its launch, PMUY achieved the initial target of providing 5 crores LPG connection to BPL households. In the current year, considering the huge success of the Scheme, the target was revised to 8 crores with a budgetary allocation of Rs 12,800 crore.
As per the government press release, States of Uttar Pradesh (87 lakh), West Bengal (67 lakh), Bihar (61 lakh), Madhya Pradesh (45 lakh), Rajasthan (37 lakh) and Odisha (30 lakh) have accounted for nearly 65% of the connections provided. 47% of the beneficiaries are from the weaker sections of the society i.e., SC/STs.
(With Inputs From Press Bureau Of India)