Ujjwala Scheme: Firing on all cylinders but losing spark over high dropout rate


Ujjwala Scheme: Firing on all cylinders but losing spark over high dropout rate

Twenty-six months after its launch from Ballia in UP, the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), which promised to rid rural women of the drudgery of smoky kitchens by providing LPG connections, appears to have fallen short in achieving its objective despite meeting the targets.

According to officials, more than one-third of the beneficiaries have not turned up for a refill in UP after free LPG connections were given to them. The remaining beneficiaries, on an average, have taken only 2-3 refills in a year against the entitlement of a refill every month, they added.

This suggests that a considerable number of PMUY beneficiaries in UP continue to use conventional unclean fuel like firewood and cow dung cakes defeating the very purpose of the ambitious scheme.

Deputy general manager (LPG), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, UP, Y Srivastava said: “This may be either because of financial constraints or lack of awareness but this is true that very few PMUY beneficiaries are opting for regular refills. Read More

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