PM’s Plan For Free Gas Connections Failing As Govt Had Been Warned It Would


PM’s Plan For Free Gas Connections Failing As Govt Had Been Warned It Would

In an interview to Times Now on the weekend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extolled the virtues of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, which offers free gas connections to the rural poor. “What will be the ease of living for a poor woman, who uses a stove to cook food and spends her entire life in that smoke?” he asked. “According to me, her ease of living is possible if I free her from that smoke. I took the big step of Ujjwala and provided gas to 33,000,000 families. I may even complete the target of 5 crore (50 mn) families before the deadline. This, in itself, is our step in the direction of ease of living.”

Modi was right — and he was wrong. Eighteen months after the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched, the scheme is achieving its targets magnificently. It is, however, failing in its objective of persuading households to stop using firewood and traditional biomass fuels that have the potential to cause respiratory diseases. Read More…

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