July 15: President Pranab Mukherjee today handed over the 2.5 croreth LPG connection under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) to Gouri Sarkar of Raghunathgunj, WestBengal.
At a function organsied in this regard in Jangipur, West Bengal, the Union government marked the completion of the release of 2.5 crore LPG connections to women beneficiaries from below poverty line (BPL) households across the country under the PMUY. Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Abhijit Mukherjee, MP, were present.
PMUY was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 1, 2016 at Ballia, Uttar Pradesh, which is changing lives of the women in the country especially of those belonging to the under-privileged section of the society.
According to Dharmendra Pradhan, post the launch of PMUY scheme by the Prime Minister on May 1 last year, more than 2.49 crore connections have been released till date. Of these, the largest number of connections (55 lakh) have been released in UP.
He pointed out that second largest number of LPG connections has been released in the state of West Bengal. 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.
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, is a scheme to provide clean cooking fuel to the women belonging to the ‘Below Poverty Line’ (BPL) households across the country. 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.
This is the first time in the history of the country that the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is implementing a welfare scheme benefitting crores of women belonging to the BPL households, said a statement.