The rising prices of LPG refill have severely affected the beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. Under the scheme, they were given stoves and cylinders free of cost. Although the subsidy is deposited in the bank account of the beneficiaries, the latter are finding it hard to shell out increased money.
“The cost of a subsidised LPG refill is Rs 786. The subsidy is released later. Paying such a huge amount is difficult for us. Our monthly budget has been severely affected,” said Bhuri Ram, a farmer from remote Surechak village.
Banso Devi from Jhandi at Kathua district said they had again switched to earthen stove and the use of LPG cylinder was made only on special occasions.
“The LPG connection has become a burden on us. We are bound to go in for timely refill else the connection will be cut off,” she rued. Read More