Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Faizabad (UP) and distributed 25 LPG connections to Women from BPL families in the presence of Minister of State, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Sh. Ram Kripal Yadav; Member of Lok Sabha Faizabad, Sh. Lallu Singh; and Member of Parliament, Ambedkar Nagar, Dr.. Hari Om Pandey.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) on May 1, 2016 at Balia, to provide 5 crore LPG connections to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families during the next 3 financial years. PMUY has been subsequently launched in the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan & Uttarakhand, marking another step in the direction of providing LPG connections to over 5 crore Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.
The dignitaries while addressing the gathering remarked on the major change that PMUY would bring to the lifestyle of women from the BPL families They praised the visionary leadership of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in recognising and addressing the problems faced by the country and introducing various schemes for the upliftment of the poor and development of the country.
Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas had earlier successfully implemented PAHAL, the Direct Transfer of subsidy on LPG, to the bank accounts of consumers. Over 15.5 crore customers benefited from the scheme, which resulted in prevention of subsidy leakages to the unintended. Also, the voluntary surrendering of subsidy by over 1 crore customers under GiveItUp on the appeal from the Hon’ble Prime Minister, has helped the Government provide free LPG connections to poor households under PMUY.
With 2016 being declared as the ‘Year of Consumers’, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has ensured that Oil Marketing Companies offer customer centric offerings like Sahaj – the online booking and release of new connections, Online booking and payment for LPG refills, ‘1906’- 24×7 LPG leakage Emergency telephone helpline, to name a few.