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. In Haryana, the best performing state, 97.5% of households have returned for a refill in a year.
The government claims that, on average, the rate of refill is high — 6.5 cylinders a year against 8 by households with non-subsidised LPG connections. But a ground-level assessment of the scheme shows several teething problems, from delays in delivery of cylinders and subsidies to continued preference for food cooked on firewood or cow dung cake.
The scheme was launched three years ago on May 1, 2016, in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia district. Under Ujjwala, the government provides the gas cylinder Read More