UPSC Current Affairs – 09-03-2019

82% of Ujjwala families return for LPG refill4

Why in news?

  • Recently, Oil Minister has handed over LPG connection under the Ujjwala scheme to beneficiary number 7 crore.
  • Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna
  • Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna is a scheme of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas for providing LPG connections to women from Below Poverty Line (BPL) households. It was launched in May 2016.

Key features:

  • Aim: To replace unclean cooking fuels used in the most underprivileged households with clean and more efficient LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas)
  • Families below the poverty line are to be provided with LPG connections with a support of Rs. 1,600 per connection.
  • Oil Marketing Companies would provide an option for the new consumer to opt for loan to cover the cost of a cooking stove and first refill.
  • The LPG connections will be issued in the name of the women of the households.

Target:

  • Initially the target was installation of 5 crore new LPG connections by 2019
  • Target revised to 8 crore- to be achieved by 2019-20

Beneficiaries:

  • BPL households identified through Socio-Economic Caste Census data
  • All SC/STs households beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(PMAY) (Gramin)
  • Beneficiaries of Antyoday Anna Yojana (AAY)
  • Forest dwellers
  • Most Backward Classes (MBC)
  • Tea & Ex-Tea Garden Tribes
  • People residing in Islands
  • People residing in river island

LPG Panchayats:

  • It aims to raise awareness among LPG users about proper use of clean fuel and its advantages
  • LPG Panchayat serves as platform for interaction between those who received LPG cylinders under

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