The government’s ‘free LPG connection’ scheme, Ujjwala scheme has crossed the 7 crore-target, making it one of the most successful programs of the current government.
The scheme launched on May 1, 2016 with a target of providing LPG connections to 5 crore low-income households, and achieved the target in a record of time of 28 months.
The government revised the target to 8 crores last year with a budgetary allocation of Rs 12,800 crore.
The Ujjwala Yojana waives off the initial ‘administration fees’ of Rs 1,600 charged by state-owned oil companies if the recipient is recognized as living ‘below poverty line’ according to government records.
The scheme is aimed at expanding access to cooking gas to those who could not afford the start-up costs. Contrary to its name, the ‘free LPG scheme’ does not provide free LPG. Read More
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