As oil minister, Dharmendra Pradhan quickly brought to scale two of the Narendra Modi government’s immensely successful welfare schemes – PaHAL, the direct transfer of LPG susbsidy and Ujjwala
Moving with the aim of eradicating the misdirected subsidies (going to the rich and upper middle class) and providing access of clean cooking fuel to homes in rural India , the government in the past two years initiated various schemes like PAHAL, Ujjwala, “Give it up” and “Give back” that have together yielded notable results.
In line with the government’s vision to make India a gas based economy, all-out efforts are being made to provide access of LPG (clean cooking gas) to all rural kitchens and rural women who have been fighting the menace of smoke by using wood in their kitchens.
India’s oil and gas sector has attracted foreign direct investments worth $ 1.18 billion in the past two financial years between April 2014 and March 2016, the government said in its “achievement report” for the petroleum sector.
DBTL (PAHAL) Mechanism made it possible to block 3.34 crore duplicate / fake / inactive domestic LPG connections.
Total savings from the elimination of fake/duplicate/ghost connection as a result of implementation of DBT for the two years together, as calculated above, is estimated at more than Rs. 21,000 crore.
A major contributor to this subsidy reduction is the government’s “Give It Up” scheme. As on date more than 1 crore LPG customers have given up LPG subsidy under the ‘GiveItUp’ campaign. The approximate annual subsidy saving is likely to be in the range of Rs. 1668 crore (approx.) assuming an average subsidy of Rs. 139 per cylinder. The ‘GiveItUp’ campaign is a continuous process and wide publicity is given for voluntarily surrender of subsidy.