The government launched Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat in Gujarat today. This is an interactive communication platform of rural LPG users which encompasses arena like safe usages of LPG, its benefit to environment, women empowerment and women health motivate rural mass to use LPG as fuel.
Every year crores of women die because of smoke generated from household cooking. With Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana this will change and women could have a healthy and safe lifestyle.
“Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat is an initiative of the Government to reach the doorsteps of poor and under privileged women to educate them about the safety and efficiency, health benefits, positive impact on environment, economic development and empowerment on usage of LPG connections.We will organize one lakh LPG Panchayats to disseminate the positive impact of using LPG,” Pradhan said on the occasion of the launch.
He said 106 new LPG distributorships have been added in 3 years in Gujarat and also advertisement for 319 LPG distributorships have been published which will result in jobs for 5000 people.
Government of India realized that eradication of energy poverty is the single most important welfare measures that would facilitate economic wellbeing of the people. Providing clean fuel for cooking was an enabling measure for economic empowerment of the households. Against this backdrop, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) with the objective of making clean cooking fuel available to rural poor households in the country, aiming to improve the health of women and children, decided to launch Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). It is also expected that as a result of using these cylinders, women will have to spend less time in the kitchen and they will be able to use the time saved in productive pursuits.
PMUY was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modiji on May 1, 2016 and till date the oil industry has succeeded in releasing connections to almost 3 crore beneficieraries across 710 districts of the country under this scheme in a short span of 16 months.
The highlights of PM LPG Panchayat are:
- Safety and efficiency: Safe, Instant and reliable
- Health: Smoke free indoor cooking
- Environment: Reduces air pollution, deforestation and desertification
- Economic Development: Cheaper fuel leads to better economic opportunity
- Empowerment: Improvement in quality of life
LPG Panchayat Brings together about 100 LPG customers near their living areas on an interactive platform to discuss about safe and sustainable usage of LPG, its benefits and the linkage between use of clean fuel for cooking and women empowerment. The LPG Panchayat would be done in an interactive and participatory manner. Some videos/audios would be used to set the context of the meeting.
Some of the tangible benefits show up immediately (saving of time, cleanliness, convenience) and some are visible in medium to long term (Health). Some intangible benefits are likely to be feeling of rise in status and dignity. The idea is to trigger a discussion on the benefits of clean fuel in the Panchayat through personal stories and experiences of participants. As women who have begun to use LPG cylinders regularly share their experiences, the message of clean fuel leading to women empowerment and positive change gets reaffirmed.