Unravelling rolls of brightly coloured paper to adorn the ceiling of her two-room home, Bharti Patil* was busy preparing for her 22-year-old son’s wedding celebrations one recent March morning in Tamsai, a village in Thane district, 98 km north of Mumbai.
With much work to be done and guests arriving later in the afternoon, Patil decided that she would cook all the food on her modern stove, using the liquified petroleum gas cylinder she received two years ago in July 2017, under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, the prime minister’s programme to reach clean cooking gas to 80 million households by 2020.
It was, after all, a special occasion.
“Of course I would prefer to use gas all the time,” said Patil, who uses it once a day. “My eyes sting when the smoke rises from the chulha (traditional wood-fired stove) Read More
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