PM Lauds Pradhan

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) marked the ahead-of-date achievement of 8 crore LPG connections, thanks to initiative of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

This has been achieved seven months ahead of the target date, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi observed.

Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is implementing the PMUY and that in Maharashtra alone, 44 lakh Ujjwala connections have been given.

Saluting the colleagues who made this possible, the PM Mr.Modi said that we were able to achieve it due to our concern for the health of women suffering from the smoke emanated by chullahs.

Mr.Modi added that not only were connections given, but a holistic infrastructure comprising 10,000 new LPG distributors, mostly in rural India, have been appointed.

 “New bottling plants have been built. Terminal capacity near ports has been increased and pipeline network has been widened. 5-kg cylinders are being promoted. Piped gas is also being delivered. We want to ensure that not a single household remains without LPG connection.”

India is home to more than 24 Crore households out of which about 10 Crore households are still deprived of LPG as cooking fuel and have to rely on firewood, coal, dung – cakes etc. as primary source of cooking.

The smoke from burning such fuels causes alarming household pollution and adversely affects the health of Women & children causing several respiratory diseases/ disorders.

As per a WHO report, smoke inhaled by women from unclean fuel is equivalent to burning 400 cigarettes in an hour. In addition, women and children have to go through the drudgery of collecting firewood.

PMUY aims to safeguard the health of women & children by providing them with a clean cooking fuel – LPG, so that they don’t have to compromise their health in smoky kitchens or wander in unsafe areas collecting firewood.

PMUY was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 1 May, 2016 in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh.

Ensuring women’s empowerment, especially in rural India, the connections will be issued in the name of women of the households.

Rs. 8000 Crroe has been allocated towards the implementation of the scheme. Identification of the BPL families will be done through Socio Economic Caste Census Data.

PMUY is likely to result in an additional employment of around One Lakh and provide business opportunity of at least Rs. 10,000 Crore over the next 3 Years to the Indian Industry.

Launch of this scheme will also provide a great boost to the ‘Make in India’ campaign as all the manufacturers of cylinders, gas stoves, regulators, and gas hose are domestic.

The launch of PMUY in Ballia was followed by launch of the scheme in Dahod in  Gujarat by Petroleum Minister Mr.Pradhan.

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