Household air pollution is responsible for 40 per cent of air pollution deaths in India, says a study published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal. Indoor air pollution is mainly caused by burning solid fuels for cooking and to some extent heating, which involve wood, dung, agricultural residues, coal, and charcoal.
While releasing the study on December 6, researchers and government officials said household air pollution is reducing and the credit goes to Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). The scheme, which aims at replacing dirty cooking fuels with a clean and more efficient LPG in rural India, achieved its target of giving LPG connection to five crore beneficiaries by last August. But, none of the officials and researchers had anything to say when asked about how people are not getting their cylinders refilled.
The study was conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Read More