Cabinet Approves Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana
August 08,2016 05:06AM view : 744
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved a scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri
Ujjwal Yojana’ to give free cooking gas connections to poor women living below
the poverty line. According to the official announcement, under the Pradhan
Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Rs. 8,000 crore has been earmarked for providing 50
million LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) connections to poor households. Each
beneficiary will get financial support of Rs., 1,600 for securing an LPG
connection. Eligible households will be identified in consultation with state
governments and Union territories. The scheme will be implemented over the next
It may be recalled that Finance Minister in Budget speech had announced a
budgetary provision of Rs. 2000 crore for 2016-17 to provide deposit
free LPG connections to 1.5 crore women belonging to the Below Poverty Line
The flash points of the scheme are as follows :
● Pradhan Mantri Ujjwal Yojana– a
scheme to provide LPG to women of all households below poverty line is approved
by the CCEA.
● The scheme will benefit five
crore families below poverty line.
● It ensures a financial support
of Rs. 1600 for each LPG connection to the BPL households.
● This Scheme would be implemented
over three years, namely, the FY 2016-17, 207-18 and 2018-19.
● According to WHO estimates,
about 5 lakh deaths in India alone due to unclean cooking fuels.
● Providing LPG connections to BPL
households will ensure universal coverage of cooking gas in the country.
● It will also provide employment
for rural youth in the supply chain of cooking gas.