The union budget 2019-20 is likely to renew the focus on Prime Minister Modi-led National Democratic Alliance government’s flagship Ujjwala scheme to ensure LPG coverage for all of the country’s households before the year-end, reports LiveMint.
On the face of it, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana has accomplished a lot. More than 7 crore households have received subsidised cooking gas connections under the scheme. More than 82% of have bought refills in the last year.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Sambit Patra, who is contesting from Puri, Odisha, in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, helped create a wave of criticism against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Ujjwala programme,
Government schemes aimed at curbing household pollution could alone help prevent as many as 2.7 lakh premature deaths every year, without additional measures such as traffic restrictions, a study led by IIT-Delhi researchers has found.
The widespread use of solid fuels such as wood and dung for cooking pollutes households and adds to India’s disease burden. To tackle this, the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched in May 2016 to promote clean cooking by providing poor women with free LPG connections.
Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar have received maximum benefit from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission to provide clean cooking fuel to poor households. India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh has received over 1 crore LPG connections under the scheme which was launched less than three years ago.
The push for clean energy through the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) has led to a record 40.7 million new liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) connections being added in the current fiscal year (2018-19, or FY19). This is a jump of 45 per cent over 2017-18 (FY18).
Nearly 80 per cent of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) beneficiaries have come back for the second refill, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply on Wednesday.