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Narendra Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana on Labour Day , says scheme if for the poor

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PATNA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the Rs. 80 billion Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) scheme at Ballia in Uttar Pradesh to provide 50 million LPG connections to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in the next three financial years.

Launching the scheme, the Prime Minister said that the participation of such a large number of people in an official programme related to development only proves that the schemes are actually reaching out to the beneficiaries even at grass roots levels.

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This scheme is being funded in part from savings from over 10 million ‘well-off’ cooking gas users voluntarily giving up their LPG subsidy.

“Over 10 million consumers have given up their subsidy leading to a savings of nearly Rs. 20 billion per year. This money would, thus, be utilised to provide LPG connections to families Below Poverty Line,” Modi told the function.

Talking about this scheme, the PM said over 50 million BPL women would be provided LPG connections in the next three years, without having to pay any security deposit.

While the administrative cost of Rs 1600 per connection, pressure regulator booklet and safety hose would be borne by the Government, consumers would have the option to purchase gas stove and refills on EMI.

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Earlier on March 10 this year, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister had approved Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana – Scheme for Providing LPG connections to Women belonging to BPL Households.

This is the first time in the history of the country that the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas would implement a welfare scheme benefitting millions of women belonging to the poorest households.

Consumers are currently entitled to 12 cylinders of 14.2 kg each or 34 bottles of 5 kg each in a year at subsidised rates.

Customers pay the non-subsidized price for LPG refills, while the subsidy element is transferred directly to their bank accounts under the Pahal initiative.

The Pahal scheme has helped cut the government’s subsidy bill on LPG by Rs 15 billion, as per an official report.

Reports said subsidy saving of around Rs 1.2 billion has been achieved through the “Give It Up” campaign and is being used to provide LPG connections to the poor under the ‘Give back’ scheme.

A total of 20 million LPG connections were released in 2015-16, of which over 5 million were given to BPL families.

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