Following the approval of the Pradhan Mantri Ujwala Yojana (PMUY) by the Cabinet recently, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today said that the scheme will benefit rural people as it provides a financial support of Rs 1600 for each free LPG connection to the BPL households.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs( CCEA) chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 10, 2016 had approved an 8,000-crore rupee scheme to provide cooking gas, LPG connections free of cost to women members of poor households.
Talking to reporters here today, Pradhan said that the PMUY will be implemented from ensuing financial year, 2016-17. He said that .use of fossil fuels and conventional fuel like cowdung has a serious health implications for women and Children.
According to WHO, 5 Lakhs die every year due to heart disease, pulmonary diseases etc. Indoor air pollution is also responsible for significant number of acute respiratory diseases in young children.
Ashutosh Jindal, Joint Secretary( Marketing), Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG), in his presentation, said, “ The CCEA has approved Rs 8000 Cr for the next three years, starting from FY 2016-17.
The Finance Minister had announced about the scheme in his Budget Speech and made a Budgetary provision of Rs 2000 crore in the current FY.
Pradhan said that 5 crore LPG connections will be provided to BPL families with a support of Rs 1600 and connections will be given in the name of Women beneficiaries.This is the first time in the history of the country that the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas would implement a welfare scheme benefitting crore of women belonging to the poorest households.Providing LPG connections to BPL households will ensure universal coverage of cooking gas in the country.Identification of BPL families will be made in consultation with State Governments and Union territories, he added.
About other initiatives pertaining to LPG e.g PAHAL, the Minister said that in 2015, 1.50 crore new LPG connections were provided and 50 lakh connections were given to the BPL households. This is the highest ever in the history of India. The government aims to provide 10 crore new LPG connections in next three years and out of that, 5 crore connections for BPL households, he added.