Oil Minister Pradhan Focuses to Increase Gas Connections in Villages

Oil Minister Pradhan Focuses to Increase Gas Connections in Villages

For the first time perhaps in the history of the petroleum and natural gas ministry, the focus has shifted from being a contracts and private sector focussed ministry to one that is laying a lot of emphasis on rural schemes.

The “Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana” (PMUY) is presently the flagship scheme that the ministry has been focussing upon. PMUY was formally launched recently by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on 1st May, 2016 in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh.

Under the PMUY, LPG connections will be given to the women of the BPL households. “Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana” scheme provides for free LPG connections to 5 crore women belonging to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families over a period of 3 years starting from FY 2016-17.

Priority will be given to those States where LPG coverage is lower than the national coverage. Currently, the process for setting up of more than 1800 new LPG distributorships is at different stages of selection across the country.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Budget speech on 29.2.2016 had announced a budgetary provision of Rs. 2000 crore to provide deposit free LPG connections to 1.5 crore women belonging to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.

Further, the Budget had announced that the Scheme will be continued for two more years to cover 5 crore households. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana provides financial support of Rs 1600 for each LPG connection to the BPL households.

At the Consultative Committee meeting chaired by Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan on May 11, a presentation on “Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana” was given to the Members of Parliament. The meeting was attended by 18 Members of Parliament attached with Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, the Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and other senior officials of the Ministry and officials of Oil Marketing Companies.

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Alongside, even the Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) under the MoPNG are aiming to increase the National LPG coverage to 75 % with minimum 60 % coverage at State level and at least one distributor in each block by 2019. Further, the Government has launched