An initiative to to replace firewood with gas for cooking, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) on Tuesday was launched in Odisha. Government also announced its plans to give free LPG connections to 30 lakh below poverty line families in three years.
Smoke inhaled by women is equivalent to 400 cigarettes per hour, Pradhan quoted World Health Organisation report.
Dharmendra Pradhan, union petroleum minister said the scheme was conceived by the Prime Minister as a step towards empowering women belonging to poor households. “Budgetary allocation has been made to provide poor women relief from smoke, drudgery and disease.”
“The scheme will specially benefit women households in Eastern and North-Eastern states. Also, Odisha, which has LPG penetration much below the national average, will be immensely benefited.” Pradhan also added that over the next three years, 40 lakh households in the state will benefit on account of new LPG connections and out of these, 30 lakh will be BPL families.
Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram said the scheme is a revolutionary step, which is to be implemented in a transparent manner across the state.
The implementation of the scheme will be undertaken by organising melas in villages and beneficiaries will be identified based on data prepared by Odisha government.
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