The steady rise in international crude oil prices besides pinching the pockets of Indian consumers may also disrupt the government’s fiscal maths with the country’s crude oil import bill expected to surge by 20 per cent to $105 billion in financial year 2018-2019, an Oil Ministry report said.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said as many as 20 lakh LPG gas connections will be given to Telangana households by next year under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY).
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.
The Chhattisgarh government will be building gas godowns, majority of which will come up in the interior areas affected by Left Wing Extremism (LWE), to successfully implement the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.
The government is eyeing close to Rs 30,000-crore investment for expansion of LPG production and distribution network in next three years as it widens cooking gas coverage by giving out a record number of connections
Women of households below poverty line will need to enrol for Aadhaar by May 31 to be able to avail themselves of a free LPG connection under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, which was launched by the Prime Minister on 1st May 2016 at Ballia (Uttar Pradesh), is a scheme to provide clean cooking fuel to the women belonging to the ‘Below Poverty Line’ (BPL) households across the country.
Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan in his address said that 1 lakh LPG connections will be released in the next 15 days. He said that the central government has released 2 lakh connections during the last 2 years in J&K vis a vis 5 Lakh connections released during the previous 8 years in J&K by the previous governments. He added that there are 4 LPG bottling plants in the state and another LPG plant at Kargil will be put up and also to increase the capacity of Leh LPG plant.
Around 40 lakh below poverty level (BPL) households in state are to get free LPG cylinders under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme.