Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) is a scheme for Providing Free LPG connections to Women from BPL Households launched by Government of India in May, 2016.
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Under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme, Rs 8000 crore has been earmarked for providing five crore LPG connections to BPL households. The Scheme provides a financial support of Rs 1600 for each LPG connection to the BPL households.
The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme would be implemented over three years, namely, the FY 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.
Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is the implementing the scheme.
According to WHO estimates, about 5 lakh deaths in India alone due to unclean cooking fuels. Most of these premature deaths were due to non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. Indoor air pollution is also responsible for a significant number of acute respiratory illnesses in young children. Providing LPG connections to BPL households will ensure universal coverage of cooking gas in the country. This measure will empower women and protect their health. It will reduce drudgery and the time spent on cooking. It will also provide employment for rural youth in the supply chain of cooking gas.
Identification of the BPL families will be done through Socio Economic Caste Census Data – 2011.
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