The Narendra Modi government will match the 67-year record of previous governments by providing liquified petroleum gas (LPG) connections to 130 million families in five years of its tenure, petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Wednesday.
Speaking at the Hindustan Ratna PSU Awards 2018, Pradhan said that out of 270 million households in India, only 130 million had LPG connections four years ago. “In four years time, our government has provided 10 crore (100 million) additional LPG connections. Our aim is to provide 13 crore (130 million) LPG connections in five years of our government,” he added.
The Modi administration is promoting usage of the clean cooking fuel as it saves women from pollution and saves them time. It will also improve the share of the clean fuel in the country’s fuel mix. Under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, poor women are given LPG connections without an upfront charge.
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