International Energy Agency praises Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana


International Energy Agency praises Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s signature Ujjwala scheme for providing free cooking gas connection to poor on Friday came in for praise from the International Energy Agency (IEA), which said it is a “major achievement” in improving the environment and health of women.

“Providing access to LPG across India by 2020 is a major achievement. It is not an energy issue, it is an economic issue, it is a social issue,” IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said at a conference here.

Launched by Modi on May 1, 2016, in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) aims to safeguard the health of women and children by providing free cooking gas (LPG) connection to poor families.

So far, about 7.4 crore such connections have been given. The target is to give 8 crore connections by 2020. Read More

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