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
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
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
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
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
10,000 additional gas connections sanctioned to Kurnool under PMUY
KE Krishna Murthy, Deputy Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to the Central Government for sanctioning additional 10,000 gas connections to Kurnool under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme. Krishna Murthy was accompanied by District Collector CH Vijay Mohan who launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme and provided gas connections to female beneficiaries.
As part of the scheme, 10,000 gas connections have been sanctioned to the district and will be given after verifying the bank accounts and Aadhaar numbers of all beneficiaries.In case of acidents related to LPG, compensation of Rs. 6 lakh will be given to the family of the victim.
18th November 2016
Uttar Pradesh is at the Top of Ujjwala Scheme Beneficiaries
Many districts in Uttar Pradesh are currently leading the beneficiaries list of the LPG drive initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide the poor with cooking gas or LPG connections without any upfront money. This scheme turned out to be pretty similar to MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) initiated during the reign of UPA (United Progressive Alliance).
Within a period of seven months from the launch at Ballia, the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana has covered 642 districts. The scheme has benefitted above 10 million below poverty line women across India. 40% of these women belong to Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes. Sitapur district is currently heading the Ujjwala beneficiaries list with 129,000 cooking gas connections. The districts following Sitapur are Allahabad, Khusinagar, Unnao and Gonda.
The largest beneficiary state in India is Uttar Pradesh with 3.4 million women below poverty line getting connections. This state is followed by other states of India like Odisha, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Some other states which are under the priority status are Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, the north eastern states and West Bengal.
15th November 2016
Dharmendra Pradhan Assure that All BPL Families will Get LPG Connection
Dharmendra Pradhan, the state union minister for petroleum and natural gas stated that all the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in Punjab are going to get the LPG connections established by December 31, 2016. This will be carried out under the PMUY (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana) scheme. He said these while addressing a crowd at some function which was organized in Tarn Taran district for launching the scheme.
Vijay Sampla (the Union minister for empowerment and social justice), Adesh Pratap Singh (civil and food supplies minister) and Sukhbur Singh Badal (deputy CM) were all present at the launch ceremony. Dharmndra Pradhan added that more than 5 crore families that are below the poverty line will get gas connection within 3 months. Sukhbir Singh Badal mentioned that the free LPG connections and the steel chullhas are going to be provided to all the 7 lakh Below Poverty Line families in Punjab who have absolutely no provision for domestic LPG connection. Pradhan also said that ten project are going to be set up in Punjab that will be producing biofuel from crop stubbles. He mentioned that an ethanol project will also start in Patti.
12th November 2016
Ujjwala Scheme Provides 1 Crore Homes LPG
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s drive to provide Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) to the poor across the country has gained large popularity. The Ujjwala scheme allows people with low income to apply for a gas connection without any charges upfront. The Ujjwala scheme will achieve 1 crore connections this week. States in the east, hilly regions and the north-east has benefitted greatly from this scheme. Uttar Pradesh has the largest number of connections under the Ujjwala scheme, with 34 lakh low income residents provided with gas connections. Rajasthan, Madhya Prasdesh, Odisha and Bihar have also benefitted from this scheme. The government hopes to achieve 1.5 crore connections through the Ujjwala scheme by the end of this financial year.
8th November 2016
PMUY Plus Scheme Expected to Ease Gas Subsidy Burden
The National Democratic Alliance government has launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana (PMUY) Plus plan which they are expecting to smoothen the subsidy burden. The new scheme allows private entities as well as individuals to pay for LPG subsidy for a below poverty line (BPL) family of their choice, voluntarily. Also, the donor can nominate the BPL families who were left out in the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011.
4th November 2016
Jharkhand CM Calls 2017 A Welfare Year for Poor People
The Chief Minister of Jharkhand has called 2017 a welfare year for the poor people. While inaugurating the Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana at Vinoba Bhave University, he pointed that Jharkhand is the first state to provide free cooking gas to women. He said that within the next 3 years, the government will try to provide the benefit of the scheme to 23 lakh poor people. The benefits include a stove, LPG connection and a gas cylinder. Around 1.10 Lakh people from different districts of Jharkhand have benefitted from this scheme already and 5151 women from Hazaribagh received free gas connection today under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana. The CM also said that the government will build 15 Dobhas or farm ponds in every village and schools have been provided with funds to purchase desks and benches before 15th November, 2016.
2nd November 2016
Ninety Lakh BPL People Received LPG Connections under PMUY So Far: Petroleum and Natural gas Ministry
90 lakh people of the BPL or Below Poverty Line section of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) has been provided with LPG gas connections as per the announcement by Dharmendra Pradhan, the Union minister of state for petroleum and natural gas, last week.
The scheme was launched on May 1, 2016 among which 50,000 LPG connections are for women categorised from BPL households in the state of Uttarakhand.
29th October 2016