Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana(PMUY) – Free LPG Connection for Women

Published Date - 04 September 2017 04:52:04 Updated Date - 25 October 2017 06:33:07

ABOUT PMUY

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.

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (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.
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on May 1st, 2016 in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh. Under this scheme, 5 Cr LPG connections will be provided to BPL families with a support of Rs.1600 per connection in the next 3 years. Ensuring women’s empowerment, especially in rural India, the connections will be issued in the name of women of the households. Rs. 8000 Cr. 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 1 Lakh and provide business opportunity of at least Rs. 10,000 Cr. 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 Shri Dharmendra Pradhan & BJP President Shri Amit Shah. PMUY has also been launched in several districts in UP & Bihar.

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) is a new social welfare scheme launched by the Narendra Modi Government. Under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, the government aims to provide free LPG connections for the women from the BPL households.

Under the scheme, the government has set aside Rs 8000 crore for three years for providing free LPG connections to the women belonging to the Below Poverty Line households. Rs. 2000 Crores have already been set aside in 2016-17 union budget to cover the initial cost of providing the free LPG connections.

According the estimates, about 1.50 Crore BPL families will be benefited under the scheme in the year 2016-17. The scheme will cover 3.5 Crore more BPL families in the next two years. The scheme provides a financial support of Rs 1600 for each LPG connection to the BPL households.

The identification of the BPL beneficiaries will be made in consultation with the state governments and union territories. This is the first ever welfare scheme by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas which would benefit crores of women belonging to the poorest households.

The applications for the Ujjwala Yojana will be invited through only the offline mode. The interested applicants can apply for the scheme by filling up the prescribed Ujjwala Yojana application form.

The application forms of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana are available at all the LPG outlets or distribution centers across the country.

ligibility Criteria

Basic eligibility criteria for the Ujjwala Yojana is as following

  1. The applicant should be a women with minimum age of 18 years as on 01 May 2016.
  2. The applicant should belong to BPL (Below Poverty Line) household in the country.
  3. The applicant details will be matched to the SECC-2011 data (Rural).
  4. The applicant’s household should not already own a LPG connection.
 

Documents Required

There are certain documents required to be attached with the application form as below.

  • BPL Certificate Authorised by Panchayat Pradhan / Municipality Chairman*
  • BPL Ration Card*
  • One Photo ID (Aadhar Card or Voter ID Card)*
  • One Recent Passport Size Photograph*
  • Aadhar Card
  • Driving License
  • Lease Agreement
  • Voter ID Card
  • Telephone / Electricity / Water Bill
  • Copy of Passport
  • Self-Declaration attested by Gazetted Officer
  • Ration Card
  • Flat Allotment / Possession Letter
  • House Registration Documents
  • LIC Policy
  • Bank / Credit Card Statement
 

*Mandatory documents.

It is not necessary to submit all the above said documents but some of those which can verify your permanent residence address and you as a BPL candidate.

Need for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

  • Poor have limited access to Clean fuel (LPG) . LPG spread predominantly in Urban and Semi Urban areas.
  • Use of fossil fuels and conventional fuel like cowdung has a serious health implications for women and Children.
  • According to WHO, 5 Lakhs die every year due to heart disease, pulmonary diseases etc.
  • Indoor air pollution is also responsible for significant number of acute respiratory diseases in young children.
  • 5 Cr LPG connections will be provided to BPL families with a support of Rs 1600 each household.
  • Connections will be given in the name of Women beneficiaries.
  • Identification of BPL families will be made in consultation with State Governments and Union territories.
  • EMI Facility for meeting the cost of Stove and Refill cost.
 

Operational Details of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

 
  • 5 Cr LPG connections will be provided to BPL families with a support of Rs 1600 each household.
  • Connections will be given in the name of Women beneficiaries.
  • Identification of BPL families will be made in consultation with State Governments and Union territories.
  • EMI Facility for meeting the cost of Stove and Refill cost.
 

 

 

 


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