10 crore LPG connections given in 4 yrs against 13 cr in 60 yrs: PM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 May 2018 09:36:08



4 crore free connection to poor women of which 45 per cent beneficiaries are Dalits and tribals, says Modi

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said his Government has distributed 10 crore LPG connections in four years, including four crore free to poor women of which 45 per cent beneficiaries have been Dalits and tribals resulting in a “big social transformation”.

Underling his Government’s pro-poor credentials, Modi also took a dig at the previous regimes saying when he was young, the rich and influential people would get the LPG and tell the poor that it was unsafe to have a gas connection at home.

“When we would ask them why do they have it in their homes, they were silent,” he said.
Interacting through video-conference with some women beneficiaries who received free cooking gas connection under the Ujjwala Yojana, a flagship welfare scheme aimed at increasing LPG coverage among the poor, the Prime Minister said 10 crore LPG connections have been given in the last four years as compared to 13 crore in six decades since Independence.

Modi recalled his own childhood saying his mother struggled with smoke emitting from cooking on firewood or cow dung, and asserted that his Government will increase coverage of clean fuel to 100 per cent households in the near future. He said it was the rich and influential who received the domestic gas connection earlier but Government has kept the poor at the centre of the drive. He said 81 families out of 100 have the LPG connection now.

Referring to Dalits Modi said they have benefited from his Government’s schemes and reeled out data comparing various benefits being given to the community now with what they had received under UPA Government.