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
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana are healthier, their homes are cleaner and they have more time to themselves, say most beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, the Centre’s flagship scheme to provide LPG connections to below-poverty-line households.for women, who are the chief beneficiaries of the scheme, the assessments revealed that cooking on gas stoves helped save at least 1-2 hours daily, which they used for leisure activities or other household pursuits.
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.
BRIEF MODALITIES OF THE SCHEME ARE GIVEN AS UNDER:
The connection will be issued to women member of BPL house hold who suffers from at least one deprivation as per SECC 2011 (Rural) data. Preference to be given to SC/ST BPL families and the states having lower LPG coverage than the National average as of 1st January 2016.Cash assistance of Rs 1600/- per connection will be provided by the Government for each New connection and shall comprise of following :
Security deposit of 14.2 kg / 5 kg cylinderSecurity deposit of pressure regulatorSuraksha Hose (1.2 M)Installation /demonstration charges payable to distributorCost of issue of DGCC bookletWhile the connection charges of Rs 1600/- will be reimbursed by the Government of India , OMCs would provide the option of EMI to interested beneficiaries towards the cost of stove and first supply of gas. OMCS will recover the EMI from the subsidy amount payable to consumer for each refill.