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.
News about Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) Scheme
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
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
Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment Distributes 150 Free LPG connections to BPL Households
Choudhary Lal Singh, Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment distributed 150 LPG connections to people in Lakhanpur belonging to the BPL category, who are the beneficiaries of the the PMUY scheme.He also added that the scheme also known as Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is aimed at making sure women are empowered and in good health in BPL households allowing them to smokefree and a better environment.
28th October 2016
The Federation of LPG Distributors Threatens to Go on Strike
LPG Distributor’s Federation threatened to go on a strike for an indefinite period all over the country from December 15, if the Government at the central, does not do anything about the safety in distribution for gas connections to people who are poor, under Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana (PMUY). Most people who are under the scheme are illiterate ad that police are booking the gas connection providers in the case of accidents taking place due to the lack of knowledge at user-end.
25th October 2016
Most Gas Connections Under PMUY Scheme Registered In Urban Areas
While the government’s Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) scheme has been receiving a lot of praise for providing Below Poverty Line families with gas connections, it has been revealed that most of these connections are in urban areas.
A government official revealed that a large percent of the connections under this scheme have been registered in urban areas.
This is being done as the officials claim demand from urban areas is higher and accounts for the discrepancy in rural-urban connection numbers.
The scheme was launched in Uttar Pradesh in May 2016 with the aim of providing over 50 million gas connections to households who could not afford to get one themselves and to promote the use of LPG as a cleaner alternative to traditional fuel like firewood.
So far, over 1.40 million households have benefitted from the scheme, with officials hopeful of crossing 15 million connections by the end of the current financial year in spite of problems with finalising distributors for the scheme.
21st October 2016
The Government Requests the Private Sector to Be a Part of the Ujjwala Yojana
The flagship programme led by the government formed by Narendra Modi, PMUY (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana) is all set to receive a makeover on its image with the participation of corporates and private and other individuals via the scheme known as Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Plus (PMUY Plus).
The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is worth Rs.8,000 crore and was launched this year in the month of May. This programme was initiated so that 50 million gas connections could be provided to the people free of cost.
15th October 2016
Delay in Implementation of Ujjwal Yojna
As per reports, political forces in Nasik have slowed down the implementation of BJP’s flagship social welfare project Ujjwal Yojna, which puts in trouble a good number of BPL families. Residents point out the delay in gas distribution and complain that poor households in other districts have started getting connections under the scheme. However, an MP stated that the major obstacle in implementing the project was the inability of some households to afford a gas stove. But it was resolved to a certain extent using the contributions from people which benefited around 5500 BPL families. According to some officials, gas connections cannot be distributed unless people pay for the stove.
9th October 2016