Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, handed over 5 Crore LPG connection under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) to Smt. Takrdiran of Delhi in the Parliament House.
Speaker while acknowledging the vision of Prime Minister and leadership of Shri Dharmendra Pradhan Minister of petroleum & Natural Gas, appreciated the collective efforts of the officials of Ministry and the Oil Marketing Companies in achieving the target of 5 crore. Further, she shared advantages of using LPG in terms of health benefits, time saved and ensuring safety of women.
The Government led by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) on 1st May, 2016 and it is implemented by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas through its Oil Marketing Companies i.e, IOC, BPCL and HPCL through their network of distributors across the country. Through PMUY, initially, 5 crore BPL households were targeted for providing deposit free LPG connections to BPL households by 31st March,2019.
In a record time of 28 months for its launch, PMUY achieved the initial target of providing 5 crores LPG connection to BPL households. In the current year, considering the huge success of the Scheme, target was revised to 8 crore with budgetary allocation of Rs 12,800 crore.
States of Uttar Pradesh (87 lakh), West Bengal (67 lakh), Bihar (61 lakh), Madhya Pradesh (45 lakh), Rajasthan (37 lakh) and Odisha (30 lakh) have accounted for nearly 65% of the connections provided. 47% of the beneficiaries are from the weaker sections of the society i.e., SC/STs.