Status of Free LPG Connections to Poor Women Under PMUY (Download PDF)

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As on 01.02. 2019, Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have released more than 6.31 crore LPG connections against the target of 8 crore under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) and period of implementation of the PMUY is upto 31.03. 2020. Offering swap facility i. e. to avail small package 5 kg refill against 14.2 kg refill as per their requirement.

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Steps Taken by OMCs

The major steps taken by OMCs to encourage the LPG usage among the PMUY beneficiaries are: –

  • Conducting Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat to educate beneficiaries on benefits of sustained use of LPG and safe usage.

  • Deferring the loan recovery from subsidy for the first six refills or one year, whichever is earlier.

  • Launching audio visual media campaign to spread awareness on advantages of use of LPG.

  • Targeted SMS campaign to reach to beneficiaries who have not comeback for refill.

  • Display campaign by way of banners, standees and hoardings at public places.

  • Undertaking consumer awareness activities viz. school/college student level education programmes, quizzes, drawing competitions, nukkadnataks, walkathon, cyclothon etc.

  • setting up more than 4900 new distributorships in the last three years to strengthen supply chain network especially in rural areas.

Benefits of PMUY

  • India is home to more than 24 Crore households out of which about 10 Crore households are still deprived of LPG as cooking fuel and have to rely on firewood, coal, dung – cakes etc. as primary source of cooking. The smoke from burning such fuels causes alarming household pollution and adversely affects the health of Women & children causing several respiratory diseases/disorders. As per a WHO report, smoke inhaled by women from unclean fuel is equivalent to burning 400 cigarettes in an hour. In addition, women and children have to go through the drudgery of collecting firewood.

  • Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) aims to safeguard the health of women & children by providing them with a clean cooking fuel – LPG, so that they don’t have to compromise their health in smoky kitchens or wander in unsafe areas collecting firewood. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on May 1st, 2016 in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh. Under this scheme, 5 Cr LPG connections will be provided to BPL families with a support of Rs. 1600 per connection in the next 3 years. Ensuring women’s empowerment, especially in rural India, the connections will be issued in the name of women of the households. Rs. 8000 Cr. has been allocated towards the implementation of the scheme. Identification of the BPL families will be done through Socio Economic Caste Census Data.

  • PMUY is likely to result in an additional employment of around 1 Lakh and provide business opportunity of at least Rs. 10,000 Cr. over the next 3 Years to the Indian Industry. Launch of this scheme will also provide a great boost to the ‘Make in India’ campaign as all the manufacturers of cylinders, gas stoves, regulators, and gas hose are domestic.

  • The launch of PMUY in Ballia was followed by launch of the scheme in Dahod in Gujarat by Petroleum Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan & BJP President Shri Amit Shah. PMUY has also been launched in several districts in UP & Bihar.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 9, 2019

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