Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Achieves 6 Crore Mark (Download PDF)

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The government gave out the 6-croreth free cooking gas (LPG) connection under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). The target was later raised to 8 crore connections by 2021 and now envisages giving all households a connection.

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About the PMUY Target

  • PMUY was launched on May 1,2016, with a target to give 5 crore connections by March 2019.

About PMUY Scheme

  • In order to provide clean cooking fuel to BPL households in the country, the Government has launched “Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana” (PMUY) scheme to provide 5 Crore deposit-free LPG connections to women belonging to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families, which were subsequently increased to 8 Crore with a budgetary allocation of Rs. 12800 crore.

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  • Universal PMUY now covers release of LPG connections under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) to all poor on account of their names not been covered in earlier identified categories like identified through Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) list and in case the names are not appearing in the SECC list, beneficiaries are identified from categories i. e. SC/STs households, beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) (Gramin), Antodaya Anna Yojana (AAY), Forest dwellers, Most backward Classes (MBC), Tea & Ex-Tea Garden Tribes and people residing in Islands/river islands.

  • The initial target of 5 crore connections was achieved well before the target i. e. 31st March, 2019.

  • Under the scheme, the government provides a subsidy of Rs. 1,600 to state-owned fuel retailers for every free LPG gas connection that they give to poor households.

  • This subsidy is intended to cover the security fee for the cylinder and the fitting charges.

  • There are 22639 LPG distributorships at industry level as on December 2018.

  • With a view to strengthen the LPG distribution infrastructure, Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have plans to add 835 distributors by March, 2019 across the country.

  • LPG Panchayats are being observed to promote learning through peer group interaction - Kuch Seekhein, Kuch Sikhayein, where apart from experience sharing, it also aims at safe and sustained usage of LPG.

  • OMCs as on date have conducted 59,960 nos. of LPG Panchayats and safety clinics for education and awareness programs among PMUY beneficiaries

Achievement

  • To make LPG affordable to poor families, OMCs have introduced 5 Kg refill option to Ujjwala beneficiaries where in Ujjwala beneficiary can swap 14.2 Kg cylinder with 5 Kg refill and vice versa.

  • 1,33,869 numbers of beneficiaries have taken advantage of this scheme as on December 2018.

  • The OMCs have also given loan recovery deferment up to six refills or one year with effect from April 18 for the PMUY beneficiaries who have availed loan facility for hotplate or first refill or both.

  • Implementation of PMUY has resulted in significant increase in national LPG coverage, in general and Eastern States, in particular. The scheme has resulted in mass coverage of rural poor households and 48 % of the beneficiaries are SC/STs.

  • It is significant to mention that under the PMUY the average per capita consumption is 3.28. This should be seen as a positive change in the lives of these households which were long dependent on the traditional cooking fuels and methods

  • In the fifty years since the launch of LPG, only 13 crore connections were provided while in the last 54 months, almost similar number of connections have been provided by this government.

  • Coverage of LPG connections has jumped to 90 % now.

  • Almost 80 % beneficiaries under the PMUY have been refilling the cylinders.

  • The PMUY has been hailed by the international organizations and developed countries while it has set an example for the developing countries of the world.

  • As on 01.12. 2018, there are 22639 LPG distributorships at industry level. With a view to strengthen the LPG distribution infrastructure, Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have plans to add 835 distributors by March, 2019 across the country.

  • PMUY implementation has been appreciated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and termed it as a decisive intervention to check the indoor health pollution being faced by the women of the country.

- Published/Last Modified on: February 27, 2019

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