The 2.5 Croreth LPG Connection under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was given out to Gouri Sarkar of Raghunathgunj by President Pranab Mukherjee at a function held today at Jangipur, West Bengal. This marked the completion of release of 2.5 crore LPG connections to women beneficiaries from below poverty line (BPL) households across the country under the PMUY.
Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Jangipur Member of Parliament Abhijit Mukherjee were also present on the occasion.
While distributing PMUY connections to 11 beneficiaries, President expressed his happiness to note that the PMUY has crossed the 2.5 crore connections within a span of 14 months.
PMUY was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 1, 2016 at Ballia, Uttar Pradesh, which is changing lives of the women in the country especially of those belonging to the under-privileged section of the society.
Pradhan said that after the launch of PMUY scheme more than 2.49 crore connections have been released till date. Out of which largest no of connections (55 lakh) have been released in Uttar Pradesh. He pointed out that 2nd largest number of LPG connections have been released in the state of West Bengal. He added that to expand the reach of LPG in West Bengal, more than 600 distributorships will be commissioned in the state out of which more than 50 distributorships will be commissioned in Murshidabad district.
PMUY is a scheme to provide clean cooking fuel to the women belonging to the ‘Below Poverty Line’ (BPL) households across the country. It aims to provide LPG connections to 5 Crore BPL households by 2019 and is a part of larger program of adding 10 Crore new LPG connections by 2019 to achieve full coverage of connections in Indian households.
The scheme of providing clean cooking fuel has also reduced drudgery, the time spent on cooking and also provides employment for rural youth in the supply chain of cooking gas. PMUY scheme provides assistance of Rs. 1600/- to the woman beneficiary, comprising security deposit of 14.2 Kg cylinder and domestic pressure regulator; suraksha hose; domestic gas consumer card and installation charges.
In the financial year 2016-17, Oil Marketing Companies have given 3.25 Cr new connections across the country. This is the highest ever LPG connections released in any given year. In the current fiscal PMUY connections have been presented so far to women beneficiaries from across the country, taking the total number of active LPG consumers to 20.7 Crores.LPG demand in the country has registered a growth rate of more than 33 percent during last three years. More than 5000 new distributors have been added in the last 3 years which have come up primarily in rural areas to cater to the enhanced LPG demand generated by PMUY.