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Cabinet approves Pradhan Mantri Ujjwal Yojana

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The cabinet approved the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwal Yojana a scheme for providing LPG to households Below Poverty Line.

Cabinet approves Pradhan Mantri Ujjwal Yojana

Flash points

  • Pradhan Manri Ujjwal Yojana – a scheme to provide LPG to women of all households below poverty line is approved by the CCEA
  • The scheme is estimated at the cost of 8000 crores
  • The scheme will benefit five crore families below poverty line
  • It ensures a financial support of Rs 1600 for each LPG connection to the BPL households
  • This Scheme would be implemented over three years, namely, the FY 201617, 2017-18 and 2018-19
  • According to WHO estimates, about 5 lakh deaths in India alone due to unclean cooking fuels
  • Providing LPG connections to BPL households will ensure universal coverage of cooking gas in the country
  • It will also provide employment for rural youth in the supply chain of cooking gas
  • Finance Minister in Budget speech had announced a budgetary provision of 2000 crore for 2016-17 to provide deposit free LPG connections to 1.5 crore women belonging to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families

Key points

  • CCEA – Cabinet committee of Economic Affairs
  • CCEA headed by PM Narendra Modi