Ujjwala, the Narendra Modi government’s flagship social welfare programme providing LPG connection free of cost to poor households, has helped ease chest congestion among rural women by 20%, according to a joint study by Indian Chest Society and Indian Chest Research Foundation.
The study, published in the International Journal of Medical and Health Research, an Indian publication, was conducted on 120 females in the 20-50 age group chosen from attendants of patients seeking treatment for chest ailments. It found women using LPG with improved medical parameters pertaining to chest function over those using traditional biomass fuels.
Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who has lead the scheme’s implementation since May 2016, on Monday described the outcome as “the most satisfactory part of the scheme” and said it has also helped bring more than 27% poor above BPL (below poverty line). Read More
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