Govt releases 6 crore LPG connections under PMUY

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jan 2019 08:49:05




THE Government on Wednesday gave out the 6 crore free cooking gas (LPG) connection as the scheme to make available cleaner fuel in every household kitchens runs ahead of schedule. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu handed over papers for an LPG connection under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) - which was launched on May 1, 2016, with a target to give 5 crore connections by March 2019 - to a Muslim lady Jasmina Khatoon from Shivpark, Khanpur in Delhi. The target was later raised to 8 crore connections by 2021 and now envisages giving all households a connection.

Speaking on the occasion, Naidu termed the scheme as revolutionary and “possibly the world’s biggest poverty alleviation programme.” The scheme together with a Government push to replace polluting firewood in kitchens has led to LPG coverage rising to almost 90 per cent of the population from 55 per cent in May 2014, he said. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said as many as 23 crore refills or about 4 cylinders of 14.2-kg each have been bought by PMUY beneficiaries in a year, thereby rejecting criticism of the scheme.