The government today gave out the 5-croreth free LPG connection, achieving the target almost eight months ahead of schedule.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan handed over papers for an LPG connection under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana — which was launched on May 1, 2016 with a target to give 5 crore connections by March 2019 — to a Muslim lady Takrdiran who is a resident of Sangam Vihar of the national capital.
Speaking on the occasion, Mahajan said the scheme has not just saved eyes and money of the poor women but also their “honour” as they would now not be required to venture into forests to collect firewood.
She, however, wanted more of 5-kg cylinders be given rather than 14.2-kg prevalent now to help poor buy the fuel.
Pradhan said the target has been achieved in 27 months instead of 35 months. As many as 3 crore additional free cooking gas (LPG) connections will be given to poor households by March 2020, he said Read MOre
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