Following reports in the media that benefit under the PM Ujjwala Yojana of free cooking gas will be denied to Women of BPL Households from now onwards who are not in possession of Adhaar Card (as per notification issued in this regard), the ministry of petroleum and natural gas has clarified that Aadhaar was already being used since the time of launch of the scheme and not from the date of notification (as reported).
The following is the factual position on the issue.
In order to streamline and extend the benefit under the Ujjwala scheme to all the deserving cases, the Ministry had advised the Oil Marketing Companies to assist and facilitate such eligible beneficiariesindividually in obtaining Aadhaar Card /Bank Account Number (at the time of the launch of the scheme).
The Oil Marketing Companies have been ensuringthat no eligible beneficiary is deprived of connection under PMUY for want of Aadhaar number and/ or Bank account number.
This is supplemented by the fact that all the connections issued under PMUY have Aadhaarnumber and Bank account details seeded in the database.
The PM Ujjwala Yojana was launched by the PM on 1st May 2016 in Balia, UP. The connections would be released in the name of adult woman member of BPL family.
Through this ambitious scheme the Government has embarked upon providing 5 crore LPG connections to BPL families in the country with focus on States/ UTs having LPG coverage less than the National average of 61% as on 01.01.2016.
The Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas is happy to share that the target of 1.5 crore fixed for the current financial year has been surpassed and total connections released as on 09.03.2017 stand at 1.85 crore.
Ujjwala scheme now covers 35 States/ UTs and 693 Districts across the country. The States of Uttar Pradesh (54 lakhs), West Bengal (25 lakhs), Bihar (22 lakhs), Madhya Pradesh (21 lakhs) and Rajasthan (15 lakhs) are the top 5 States with highest number of connections. More than 37% of the beneficiaries of this Scheme are SCs/STs.