India’s success stories in the cooking gas distribution sector seem to be travelling far and beyond. North African nation Morocco is the latest entrant into the list of nations which have shown interest in replicating the government’s flagship Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) under which the centre provides free LPG connections to below poverty line (BPL) families.
The oil ministry’s joint secretary Ashutosh Jindal has just met a delegation of World Bank from Morocco who were visiting Delhi to know more about the populist schemes including PMUY, Direct Benefit Transfer in LPG (DBTL), popularly known as PAHAL and GiveitUp.Received delegates of World Bank from Morocco who are visiting Delhi to know about Pahal, Give it up and PMUY,” Jindal said. “Second such delegation to visit petroleum ministry after a delegation from Tanzania,” he added.
Besides Morocco and Tanzania, a delegation from Nepal headed by Deepak Bohara, minister of supplies of Nepal on Monday discussed various facets of replicating PMUY scheme in Nepal in the presence of officials from ministry of petroleum and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) including B Ashok, chairman of IOC.
The delegation from Nepal recommended that officials from ministry of petroleum and IOC visit Nepal to take a stock of the situation and provide a plan to replicate such a scheme in the country.
The government since 2014 has rolled out a three-pronged strategy to increase subsidised LPG penetration, eliminate bogus connections and encouraging Above Poverty Line (APL) families to give up LPG subsidy.
The Modi government had approved Rs 8,000 crore under PMUY for release of five crore deposit free new LPG connections to women of BPL families over three years starting from 2016. Prime minister officially launched the PMUY scheme on 1 May 2016. As per data available on the oil ministry’s website, the government managed to provide more than 1.97 core LPG connections to BPL families within one year from the inception of the Ujjwala scheme.
Credit By: ET Energy World
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