“Humko dilli bulaya hai, jaaye kya…Itna door jaane pe Modi ji kucch dengey kya (I have been called to Delhi, should I go…Will Modi ji give something if I travel so far?)” asks Guddi Devi.
Guddi is among the first beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Scheme (PMUY) – the scheme for providing LPG connections to the women of Below Poverty Line (BPL) households – who have been asked to come for the LPG panchayat, an awareness drive being undertaken by the government.
Guddi, who is from Ballia, Uttar Pradesh, was among those who were given a connection during the launch of the scheme in 2016. “Suvidha to bahut hota hai LPG se, per dam bhi hai… Bachchat karma padata hai cylinder ke liye. (There are benefits of LPG use, but it is costly…I have to save to get a refill),” says 30-year-old Guddi.
She is not alone, as the issue of pricing concerns all beneficiaries like her across the country.
Though everyone agrees that the use of LPG as cooking fuel has its advantages, those who have access to alternative cooking fuels – wood, cowdung cakes – continue to use it as well. Read More
Meanwhile, Guddi’s semi-urban counterpart, Parvati, who lives in the outskirts of Delhi, says LPG saves her cooking time and is able to work in two more houses as a domestic help.
However, she needs to save for her refills, though the subsidy amount is transferred almost immediately to her account through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).
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