President Mukherjee distributes LPG connections under 'PM Ujjwala Yojana'

Judith Bessette
Julho 15, 2017

Pradhan was speaking at an event which saw President Pranab Mukherjee distributing LPG connections to Below Poverty Line (BPL) beneficiaries in his former Lok Sabha Constituency Jangipur.

"Since then there has been a 2.5 crore of collection in Jhangipur and till now Bengal and Uttar Pradesh have the highest connection", he said. Abhijit Mukherjee, Hon'ble Member of Parliament in a function held today at Jangipur, West Bengal. The social welfare scheme was launched on May 1, 2016 at Ballia in Uttar Pradesh with a target of five crore LPG connections to be distributed to the BPL households across the country under it. To expand the reach of LPG in West Bengal, more than 600 distributorships will be commissioned in the state, of which more than 50 distributorships will be commissioned in Murshidabad district, he said. The scheme was initiated under flagship of Narendra Modi-led government with the objective to provide "clean fuel better life" to all women belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) and to make the rural households smoke free. In three years, the government completed half of its target with providing the 2.5 croreth connection to the BPL beneficiaries of Jangipur, reports news agency ANI. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) aims to provide LPG connections to 5 Crore BPL households by 2019 and is a part of larger program of adding 10 Crore new LPG connections by 2019 to achieve full coverage of connections in Indian households. PMUY scheme provides assistance of Rs. 1600/- to the woman beneficiary, comprising security deposit of 14.2 Kg cylinder and domestic pressure regulator; suraksha hose; domestic gas consumer card and installation charges.

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The government also said that the total number of active LPG consumers in the country has reached to 20.7 crore.

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