India saved cooking gas subsidies of the order of Rs 59,000 crore in five years since 2015 due to the implementation of the direct benefit transfer scheme PAHAL that allowed elimination of fake or inactive connections and reduced leakages apart from the “Give It Up” campaign that urged well-to-do consumers to surrender gas connections.
The government has been able to eliminate 4.23 crore duplicate, fake and inactive LPG connections while the “Give It Up” campaign resulted in 1.03 crore Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) beneficiaries, who were above the poverty line, giving up their respective subsidies, according to the Union budget documents tabled in Parliament last week.
The Pratyaksh Hastantarit Labh or PAHAL scheme for direct transfer of LPG subsidy was launched in 54 districts across the country in November 2014. Read More
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