Published Date - 23 September 2017 02:05:55 Updated Date - 25 October 2017 06:08:19

Guidelines for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) Scheme

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has launched  an ambitious social welfare scheme Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana on 1st May 2016 from Ballia in Uttar Pradesh. On the other hand, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has also released the guidelines of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. Under the PM Ujjwala Yojana, the government aims to provide LPG connections to BPL households in the country. The scheme is aimed at replacing the unclean cooking fuels mostly used in the rural India with the clean and more efficient LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas).

The guidelines are related to the distribution of the free LPG connections by oil marketing companies to the women belonging to the BPL households in the country. Below is the abstract of the PMUY guidelines.

Aim of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme

The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme aims to provide clean fuel to women who are below poverty line who generally use unclean cooking fuels that does more harm than good and replace the same with LPG.

Through this scheme, the Indian government hopes to provide over 5 crore connections of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) to women who are a part of families that are below poverty line. Some of the important objectives of this scheme include:

  • Protecting the health of women and empowering them
  • Curbing health issues that result from using fossil fuels and other fuels for cooking
  • Reducing casualties that occur as a result of unclean fuels used for cooking
  • Controlling respiratory issues that occur due to indoor pollution as a result of using fossil fuel that does not burn cleanly.
  • Preventing the degradation of purity of environment that is compromised by widespread usage of unclean cooking fuel

 

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) Guidelines

1. Short title
The Scheme for providing free LPG connections by Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) to the women belonging to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) households shall be called Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. The Scheme will cover 5 crore BPL households over a period of three years.

2. Commencement
The PMUY scheme will come into force from 1st April, 2016.

3. Objective
Availability of clean cooking fuel is a major challenge for rural poor households in the country. Lack of access to clean fuel is adversely affecting the health of particularly women and children in the households using unclean fuel. Government is committed to providing clean fuel to all poor households. Therefore, the Union Budget 2016-17 allocated Rs. 2000 crore to provide free LPG connections to 1.5 crore women belonging to the below power line (BPL) families during the year 2016-17.

4. Definitions
(a) BPL is a person/ household who suffers from at least one deprivation under the SECC – 2011 (Rural) Database. For identifying urban poor, separate instructions would be issued;
(b) Release of LPG connection : LPG connection under this Scheme shall be released in the name of the women belonging to the BPL family.
(c) Cash Assistance – This will cover the initial cost of Rs. 1600/- for providing a connection and this cash assistance would be provided by the Government for each new LPG connection.
(d) SECC – refers to the Socio-Economic Caste census exercise initiated in the year 2011. This exercise was undertaken in a transparent manner by the State Governments and the Ministry of Rural Development, before the SECC database was finalized.

5. Selection of Beneficiaries
While the selection of beneficiaries would be from the BPL families only, preference would be given to SC/ ST and weaker sections of society., While providing the new connections to BPL households, priority would be given to the States which have lower LPG coverage (compared to the national average) as on 1st Jan, 2016.

6. Implementation Modalities of the Scheme would be as follows:-

  • A woman of the BPL household, which does not have access to LPG connection at the start of the new Scheme, may apply for a new LPG connection (in the prescribed format) to the LPG distributor. While submitting the application form, the woman will submit details, like Address, Jandhan/ Bank Account and Aadhar number (if the Aadhar number is not available, steps would be taken in coordination with UIDAI for issue of Aadhar number to the woman of BPL household).
  • The LPG Field officials will match the application against SECC – 2011 database and, after ascertaining their BPL status, enter the details (name, address etc) into a dedicated OMC Web portal through a login / password given by the OMCs.
  • OMCs will undertake electronically the de-duplication exercise and other measures for due diligence for a new LPG connection.
  • The connection shall be issued by the OMC to the eligible beneficiaries (after completion of various stages above). While the connection charges would be borne by the Government, the OMCs would provide an option for the new consumer to opt for EMIs, if he so desires, to cover the cost of a cooking stove and first refill. The EMI amount may be recovered by the OMCs from the subsidy amount due to the consumer on each refill
  • In case the State Government or a voluntary organization or an individual wishes to contribute the cost of a stove and/or first refill, they would be free to do so in coordination with the OMCs. However, this would be under the overall umbrella of PMUY and no other Scheme name/ tagline would be allowed without express approval of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
  • OMCs will also organize ‘Melas ‘at various locations for release of connections to BPL families. This will be done in the presence of public representatives and distinguished personalities of the area.
  • The scheme will cover BPL families under all forms of distributorship and for various sizes of cylinders (like 14.2 kg, 5 kg, etc.) depending on the field situation.
 

The complete document of PMUY scheme Guidelines can be downloaded from the official website of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas from the below URL

http://www.petroleum.nic.in/docs/UJJWALA.pdf

Source: www.petroleum.nic.in


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