Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana (PMUY) was launched on Monday to impact the lives of women from poor families in a major way by reducing the drudgery of cooking with polluting fuels.
The scheme was launched at Shahdol by Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister.
Addressing the gathering, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, minister of state, MoPNG said that the scheme would impact the lives of women from BPL families in a major way and go a long way in reducing indoor pollution and other health related problems being faced by them. He added that the main mantra of PMUY is “Mahilaon Ko Mila Samman, Swacch Indhan-Behtar Jeevan”.
Under this scheme, 5 Cr LPG connections will be provided to BPL households. Over the next three years, Rs. 8000 crore will be provided by Govt. of India with a matching contribution of Rs. 8000 crore by the OMCs.
The later will be utilized for extending interest-free loans to such poor families. The PMUY scheme is aimed at replacing the unclean cooking fuels mostly used in rural India with more clean and efficient LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas). The scheme aims at empowering women and protecting their health and reducing the number of deaths in India, due to use of unclean cooking fuels.