Kochi: The 2.5 croreth LPG connection under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was given to Gouri Sarkar of Raghunathgunj by President Pranab Mukherjee in the presence of Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Abhijit Mukherjee, MP, 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.
Distributing PMUY connections to 11 beneficiaries, the President expressed happiness to note that the PMUY has crossed the 2.5 Cr 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.
Dharmendra Pradhan said that after the launch of PMUY scheme by the Prime Minister, more than 2.49 crore connections have been released till date. Of these, the largest number of connections (55 lakh) have been released in UP.
He pointed out that second largest number of LPG connections has been released in the state of West Bengal. To expand the reach of LPG in West Bengal, more than 600 distributorships will be commissioned in the state, of which more than 50 distributorships will be commissioned in Murshidabad district, he said.
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, is a scheme to provide clean cooking fuel to the women belonging to the ‘Below Poverty Line’ (BPL) households across the country.
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) 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.
This is the first time in the history of the country that the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is implementing a welfare scheme benefitting crores of women belonging to the BPL households. The identification of BPL families has been made on Social Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data.