(GIST OF YOJANA) FOWARDS CLEANER COOKING FUEL - JULY- 2017
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched by the Prime Minister on May 1st,
2016 in Bal1ia, Uttar Pradesh to safeguard the health of women and children by
providing them with a clean cooking fuel - LPG, so that they do not have to
compromise their health in smoky kitchens or wander in unsafe areas col1ecting
firewood. Under this scheme, 5 Cr LPG connections were to be provided to BPL
families with a support of Rs.1600 per connection within 3 years. Ensuring
women's empowerment, especially in rural India, the connections is issued in the
name of women of the households. Rs. 8000 Cr. was allocated towards the
implementation of the scheme. Identification of the BPL families is done through
Socio Economic Caste Census Data. 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. 16001- per connection by Government
PMUY was expected to result in an additional employment of around 1 Lakh and
provide business opportunity of at least Rs. 10,000 Cr. over the 3 Years of the
programme to the Indian Industry. Launch of this scheme will also provide a
great boost to the 'Make in India' campaign as all the manufacturers of
cylinders, gas stoves, regulators, and gas hose are domestic. 14 State s/U'Is
having LPG coverage less than the national average, hilly states of J&K,
Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and all North-East States were identified as
priority states for implementing the scheme.
The top five States with maximum connections are UP (46 lakh), West Bengal
(19 lakh), Bihar (19 lakh), Madhya Pradesh (17 lakh) and Rajasthan (14 lakh).
These States constitutes nearly 75 per cent of the total connections released.
The households belonging to SC/ST constitute large chunk of beneficiaries with
35 per cent of the connections being released to them. India is home to more
than 24 Crore households out of which about 10 Crore households are stil1
deprived of LPG as cooking fuel and have to rely on firewood, coal, dung - cakes
etc. as primary source of cooking.
Courtesy : Yojana