Lighting up lives – PM Ujjwala Yojana


The huge success of the PMUY holds lessons for everyone, and good tidings for the women of BPL households.

Lighting up lives – PM Ujjwala Yojana

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  1. PMUY : The present government has launched many social welfare schemes for a direct impact on the lives of the poor sections of the society. A scheme for poor, rurual women is Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala yojana (PMUY) – launched on May 1, 2016, from Balia, Uttar Pradesh.
  2. LPG for women of poor households : The scheme is aimed at replacing the unclean cooking fuels, mostly used in the rural areas, with clean and more efficient LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas). Under this scheme, the government aims to provide deposit free LPG connections to BPL (Below Poverty Line) households in the country. The huge pollution caused inside homes by organic cooking fuels destroys the health of the women, and the children.
  3. Read more on Government Schemes, here
  4. Targets achieved! The government set a target of providing 1.5 crore LPG connections to be distributed to the BPL household across the country during the year 2016-17. Within a span of 11 months, the PMUY has already crossed that target and heading for the milestone of 2 crore LPG connections. No mean achievement!
  5. Objectives of PMUY : The objectives of PMUY include (1) empowering women and protecting their health, (2) reducing the serious health hazards associated with fossil fuel based cooking, (3) reducing the number of deaths in India due to unclean cooking fuel, (4) preventing young children from significant number of acute respiratory diseases caused due to indoor air pollution by burning fossil fuels, and (5) enhance the productivity of women and raise their quality of life.
  6. A huge target overall : The government’s target is to provide 5 crore deposit free new LPG connections to women of BPL households identified through the socio-economic Caste Census 2011 data over three years, i.e. FY 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19. For this purpose, Rs. 8000 crore have been approved under PMUY. The scheme is being implemented using the money saved in LPG subsidy through the “Give-It-Up” campaign.
  7. Supply : To ensure smooth supply of LPG cylinders to meet the demand, the government is in the process of setting up of 10,000 new distributorships, majority of these would be in the rural areas to cater to the unserved consumers.
  8. OMCs in action : By December 2016, Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have released 1.23 crore new LPG connections under PMUY. The government has also started an EMI scheme for refilling the LPG and for buying stove.
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The targets are being met.



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Lighting up lives – PM Ujjwala Yojana
The huge success of the PMUY holds lessons for everyone, and good tidings for the women of BPL households.
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