From making endless visits to rural belts of the country distributing LPG connections to the women in the category under the PMUY, to handling sectoral issues/reviews and engaging in diplomatic discussions concerning the oil and gas sector, Pradhan has also been bestowed with an important role by his party for the forthcoming assembly elections in Uttarakhand.
Dharmendra Pradhan along with minister JP Nadda has been entrusted with an important responsibility by BJP President Amit Shah as poll in-charges for Uttarakhand as the party starts its preparations for elections to five states next year.
Uttarakhand is an important state for BJP and the party is striving to come back to power in the state. Appointment of two senior Union ministers is indicative of the importance that the BJP is giving to the state.
Uttarakhand currently has Congress government led by Harish Rawat.
Earliar during the day, Pradhan’s ministry, in a bid to make Indian kitchens smoke free, decided to extend the benefits under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to the people of all Hilly States including North-East States by treating them as ‘Priority States’ and release LPG connections to the eligible beneficiaries.
The PMUY scheme is designed to provide 5 crore free LPG connections to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in the next three financial years. The scheme aims to change lives of women from BPL families in a major way by reducing the drudgery of cooking with polluting fuels and go a long way in reducing indoor pollution and other health problems faced by them.