Government Initiative To Provide Clean Cooking Gas To Poor

Government Initiative To Provide Clean Cooking Gas To Poor

On May 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out an ambitious social welfare initiative to provide 5 crore cooking gas connections to poor families. The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was an attempt to clear out their unhealthy, smoke-filled homes by providing a clean fuel – liquefied petroleum gas – in their kitchens. Five months into the implementation of the scheme, however, the death of a beneficiary family in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh in a suspected gas-leak accident has raised questions about the programme – mainly with regard to the safety aspect – and whether the recipients are ready to make the switch to LPG and whether the government is in a rush to carry out the initiative. Read more…

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