Every since the current government has come into power, a number of schemes have been put forth to benefit those who cannot afford the basic necessities to live a healthy life. One of the recent schemes that have been put forth is the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme which is meant to benefit those families that are below poverty line when it comes to the provision of clean cooking fuel. This article talks about this scheme in detail.
Aim of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme
The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme aims to provide clean fuel to women who are below poverty line who generally use unclean cooking fuels that does more harm than good and replace the same with LPG.
Through this scheme, the Indian government hopes to provide over 5 crore connections of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) to women who are a part of families that are below poverty line. Some of the important objectives of this scheme include:
- Protecting the health of women and empowering them
- Curbing health issues that result from using fossil fuels and other fuels for cooking
- Reducing casualties that occur as a result of unclean fuels used for cooking
- Controlling respiratory issues that occur due to indoor pollution as a result of using fossil fuel that does not burn cleanly.
- Preventing the degradation of purity of environment that is compromised by widespread usage of unclean cooking fuel
Steps to Apply for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme
Applying for the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme is not a very difficult task. Individuals will only have to meet the eligibility criteria and provide all necessary documents.
- Individuals will have to first procure the form which is available at all LPG outlets across the country and online at the PM Ujjwala Yojana website.
- This form will have to be completely filled with details such as Age, Name, Bank Account Details, Aadhaar Card number and so on.
- Required documents must also be attached with the application form.
- Individuals will also have to mention the type of cylinder that they require based on their necessities.
- This filled in form with documents will have to be submitted to the closest LPG outlet.
Eligibility Criteria for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme
In order to be eligible to receive the benefits of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme, applicants will have to meet the following criteria:
- Applicant must a woman above the age of 18 and a citizen of India
- Applicant should belong to a BPL (Below Poverty Line) household
- No one in the applicant’s household should own an LPG connection
- The household income of the family, per month, must not exceed a certain limit as defined by the government of the Union Territories and State Government.
- The name of the applicant must be in the list of SECC-2011 data and should match with the information available in the BPL database that Oil Marketing Companies have.
- Applicant must not be a recipient of other similar schemes provided by the government.
KYC Application Forms for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme
KYC application forms for the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme is available in both Hindi and English across all LPG outlets in the country. This 2 page documents requires individuals to fill in details such as:
- Name, Age, Address, Location
- Details of all members in household who are above the age of 18
- PAHAL joining details as all benefits of his scheme will be credit directly to the bank account of the applicant
- Details of bank account including branch and IFSC number along with Aadhaar card details
- Details of Ration Card
- The equipment that is to be selected
Documents Required for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme
The documents required for the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme are as follows:
- An authorized BPL Certificate by Municipality Chairman or Panchayat Pradhan
- BPL Ration card
- Identity Proof with photo (Voter ID/Aadhaar Card)
- A passport size photograph that was taken recently
- Driving License
- Any utility bill
- Lease Agreement
- Copy of a passport
- Ration Card
- Possession letter or flat allotment
- Self declaration that has been attested by a Gazetted Officer
- House Registration Documents
- LIC policy
- Bank statement
The first four documents are mandatory, the others may or may not be required.
Budget and Funding for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme
This scheme is being implemented by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. The budget that has been allotted by the government is currently Rs.2000 crore for the financial year 2016 to 2017. These LPG connections will be provided to over 1.5 crore families living below poverty line.
This scheme will be implemented over a period of three years and a total amount of Rs.8,000 crores has been allotted for it. Money that has been saved due to the ‘Give-it-up’ subsidy campaign will also be used for the same.
Eligible households will receive a support of Rs.1,600 and will be in the name of the female head of the entire household. EMI facilities have also been made available.
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme Launch State-wise
This scheme has been launched in a few states so far. The list has been provided below:
- The scheme was launched in Uttar Pradesh on May 1, 2016
- The scheme was launched in Rajasthan on May 15, 2016
- The scheme was launched in Gujarat on May 15, 2016
- The scheme was launched in Uttarakhand on June 9, 2016
- The scheme was launched in Odisha on June 20, 2016
- The scheme was launched in Bihar on June 28, 2016
- The scheme was launched in Madhya Pradesh on July 4, 2016
This scheme aims to bring clean cooking fuel at affordable rates to a number of families living below poverty line as using unclean fuels not only results in health hazards but also environmental deterioration. The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme will ensure that women benefit from this scheme in the highest level possible. Although it has only been launched in a few states so far, a lot of people have benefited from this. This scheme will be implemented over a period of three years.
Distribution and Implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme
Across 11 states in India, around 95.1 lakh LPG connections have been issued under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwana Yojana scheme that aims at the welfare of the rural population. The scheme was introduced with a view to replace unhealthy and inefficient cooking methods with subsidised LPG.
State wise, the widest rollout of this scheme seems to be in Uttar Pradesh, which accounts for a third of the total connections – around 34 lakh LPG cylinders – registered and distributed so far.
Total number of connections released under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme in India as of November 7th, 2016 is as follows:
|State||Approximate Number of Connections Registered and Distributed Under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme|
|Madhya Pradesh||13 lakh|
|Tamil Nadu||1.4 lakh|
|Uttar Pradesh||34 lakh|
|West Bengal||7 lakh|
Contact Information for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme
Details about the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme can be accessed by calling the toll free number 1800-266-6696.
News about Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) Scheme
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Reaches Assam
The Union Petroleum Minister of Assam has announced the launch of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) in Assam that is going to benefit over 30 lakh Below Poverty Line (BPL) households. The scheme was launched in May for women belonging to a BPL household where the LPG connection will be provided for free, the applicant can also seek for a loan to buy a stove, refill or for both. The Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) will take care of the loan amount while the government will bear the cost of the connection. The government of Assam has targeted the implementation of PMUY across Assam in the upcoming 2-13 years. The initiative was launched in order to ensure a pollution-free and kerosene-free society in all parts of India. The government has already issued a large number of gas connections under this scheme. The applications can visit the official site of PMUY - http://www.pmujjwalayojana.in in order download the application form. The filled in application form along with the required documents can be submitted to the nearest LPG distributor for verification, once the verification is carried out based on the list of eligible candidates from the OMCs and it is positive, a free gas connection will be provided to the applicant.
19th May 2017
The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’s LPG Connection Has Fewer Takers
Though the initiative of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana by Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers benefits for the LPG users, the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) are still not able to churn out huge numbers. So far, the dealers have tried their best to push out more connection under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, however, only 2.68 lakh connections have been issued for the last six months. There are speculations that the OMCs have provided an outdated list of eligible applicants to the dealership. The government is working towards digitization and various other initiatives for the upliftment of households that fall under middle-income and lower-income categories.
4th May 2017
Food Minister Tells Oil Companies to Achieve Gas Distribution Target
The oil companies have been asked by Choudhary Zulfkar Ali, Food Minister, to meet the gas connection distribution target by the end of the year. The target is to provide 2.10 lakhs connections under PMUY to women of BPL families in Jammu and Kashmir.
1st April 2017
Ujjwala Plus:Indian OMCs in the process of floating NGOs
Oil Marketing Companies in India such as Bharat Petroleum, Hindustan Petroleum and Indian Oil are going to float a Non Profit Organization to administer the Ujjwala Plus scheme put for th by the National Democratic Alliance government.This scheme is meant for the provision of free LPG connections to those families who are below the poverty line left out in the Socio-Economic Caste Census of 2011. These families will also not receive any benefit under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme administered by the Government of India. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme was a huge success with 1.5 crore beneficiaries within the first 8 months of its launch and was put forth in order to provide a clean source of cooking fuel to 5 crore households over the next 3 years.
Institutions and individuals will be allowed to make voluntary donations for Ujjwala Plus Scheme which will then be used to provide LPG connections to those individuals who belong are below poverty line but were left out of the Socio-Economic Caste Census list. This list was prepared by the Departments of Rural Development and Urban Development and additions will be based on the policy framed by them.
13th March 2017
LPG Connections Target Met for 2016-2017
According to Dharmendra Pradhan, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister, the centre has hit the target of 1.5 crore gas connections in 2016-2017 under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. The new target set by the Government is 5 crore LPG connections by 2018-2019 under the PMUY.
By December, 2016, the set target was met by the Government. The remaining time was utilised to set up 10,000 more LPG connections. Socio economic change has been brought in by the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme. There has been several deaths of women caused due to use of improper fuel. The Government is providing the LPG connections without charging any money for it.
10th January 2017
The Government to Increase LPG Connections By 33% in FY17
This fiscal year, the government of India has decided to increase the target for LPG connections by 33%. Currently, the number of LPG connections across the country amount to 15 million, due to the success of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme. The PMUY scheme has been funded by up to Rs.2000 crores by the government for FY2016-17. The government will have to allocate additional Rs.800 crores to meet the new target. The PMUY scheme will be funded by the savings made from the LPG subsidy ‘Give It Up’ scheme. The PMUY scheme was primarily implemented to provide the BPL households in rural India with pure cooking fuel. With the rising demand for cooking gas, the 3 state-run oil companies; IOCL, BPCL, and HPCL are planning to install a pipeline measuring 1,450 km to serve Central India.
2nd January 2017
LPG Connections under PMUY Given to Women in Raipur-Domana
Under the PMUY (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana), Bali Bhagat, Minister for Health and Medical Education, gave 100 gas connections to poor women in Raipur-Domana area. At a function in Chatha Mill, Bali Bhagat said that the present Government has launched many welfare schemes to uplift the living standards of poor people. He said that the Prime Minister has launched PMUY to help women and to make homes smoke-free.
31st December 2016
500 BLP women Receive LPG Connection in Uttarakhand
Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of State, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, gave LPG connections to women in Herbertpur. These connections were distributed as part of the PMUY (Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana). More than 500 women from BPL households received the gas connections at the distribution function. According to Pradhan, PMUY will help women from BPL households in a major way. He said that over 1.1 crore connections have already been released under this scheme in the last 7 months.
28th December 2016
PMUY scheme provides free LPG connections to 952 households in Goa
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme aims to provide free LPG connections worth Rs.1,600 each to families below poverty line over the next 3 years. This scheme was launched in May and till date 952 applications from Goa (655 from North Goa and 297 from South Goa district) has been approved through Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation and Indian Oil Corporation. By 2019, the scheme aims to reach a target of 5 crore Indian families.
BPC has cleared 281 applications, HPC has cleared 609 applications, and IOC has cleared 62 applications through its numerous distributors in Goa. Ex-chairperson of Curchorem-Cacora Municipal Council, Vishwas Sawant and Vice Chairperson, Pradnya Naik presented 15 beneficiaries of the scheme with free gas connections at a recently held function by Indane gas agency.
13th December 2016
One Crore LPG Gas Connections to be Allotted to Women
The Central Government has proposed to allot one crore LPG gas connections to female beneficiaries living below poverty line within the next three years, said Deputy Chief Minister KE Krishnamurthy. He launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana and distributed LPG gas connections to beneficiaries from families that live below poverty line in Kurnool. 10,000 LPG gas connections were sanctioned for Kurnool in 2016. LPG gas connections would be provided by linking the bank account of beneficiaries’ and their Aadhaar card.
CH Vijay Mohan, the District Collector said that the State Government has provided LPG gas connections to women as it is a much healthier and safer option that traditional cooking methods. Using conventional cooking fuels would result in respiratory infections and ailments. He also said that eligible individuals would receive LPG gas connections.
2nd December 2016