Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) Scheme

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.

Latest Updates on Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Milestones

Some of the recent milestones achieved by the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana are:

  • The scheme has covered 715 districts across the country.
  • In total, 5,41,22,556 LPG connections have been provided by the government under the PMUY scheme.

10 Crore Gas Connections given in 4 years, says Modi

In a speech in New Delhi on Monday, Narendra Modi claimed that 10 crore gas connections were made available to the public as compared to only 13 crore in the 6 previous decades. He also claimed that out of the 10 crore gas connections given by the BJP led government, 45% were made available to Dalits and tribals. In a thinly-veiled attack on the UPA coalition that was in power till 2014, Modi said that his government had distributed 1200 more pumps during their tenure to Dalits. Experts see this as a move by BJP to woo the Dalit community whose support has eluded them till now.

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 Ujjwala Yojana 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.

PMUY Helpline Number

The nationwide PMUY helpline number is 1906. It is a 24x7 helpline number of LPG leakage complaints.

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.

PMUY Scheme: Recent Events

On 28 May 2018, PM Modi interacted with PMUY beneficiaries through video conferencing. In the meeting between Modi and the beneficiaries, various topics regarding PMUY were discussed. He also spoke about to how the PMUY scheme has benefited the underprivileged, the Dalits and the tribal communities. The PM also talked about how the women of the households have been empowered by this scheme. The scheme also prevents the health hazards normally the members of the household would face when cooking food on firewood instead of LPG.

Modi also informed the beneficiaries about LPG panchayats that are being held across the country. In these LPG panchayats that are held in the most inaccessible rural areas, important information about the PMUY scheme as well as safety tips on how to use LPG are provided to the people. Talking about the benefits of the scheme, Modi said that the women now need less time to cook food than earlier which allows them to spend more time with their family. The PM ended the video conferencing session by saying that PMUY has benefited the lives of people in more than one way.

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 May 9th, 2018 is as follows:

State Approximate No. of Connections Registered & Distributed Under PMUY scheme
Andaman & Nicobar Islands 3,480
Andhra Pradesh 92,722
Arunachal Pradesh 14,251
Assam 13,21,153
Bihar 51,11,433
Chandigarh 6
Chhattisgarh 20,51,997
Dadra and Nagar Haveli 11,665
Daman and Diu 268
Delhi 15,586
Goa 991
Gujarat 13,46,386
Haryana 3,81,229
Himachal Pradesh 42,572
Jammu and Kashmir 4,42,298
Jharkhand 13,00,041
Karnataka 9,47,268
Kerala 56,602
Lakshadweep 202
Madhya Pradesh 34.96,667
Maharashtra 19,92,767
Manipur 42,067
Meghalaya 56,514
Mizoram 10,920
Nagaland 11,823
Odisha 24,69,861
Puducherry 5,478
Punjab 5,20,895
Rajasthan 27,47,172
Sikkim 1,634
Tamil Nadu 13,69,749
Telangana 80,334
Tripura 77,892
Uttar Pradesh 71,02,582
Uttarakhand 1,53,776
West Bengal 52,55,478

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.

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana for BPL

As per the official data that was recorded in the year 2012, 276 million households belong to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category. Any family whose household income is less than Rs.131 per day falls under this category. Since these families live in conditions of extreme poverty, it is the responsibility of the government to make sure that they get the basic necessities to survive. The government has launched a number of schemes for the BPL households such as the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) and Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana to help BPL households to get basic things such as food to eat, a roof to live under and electricity.

Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat

The ‘Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat’ is an event in which meeting between the Prime Minister and the beneficiaries of the PMUY scheme takes place so that the beneficiaries can raise their concerns, if they have any regarding the services of the scheme. As per a statement released by the government, these meetings serve the purpose of establishing a deeper connect between the government and the beneficiaries.

Frequently Asked Questions on Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Scheme

  1. Are the guidelines of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Scheme notified by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural LPG?

    Ans. Yes. The guidelines of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Scheme has been notified by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural LPG.

  2. How Can I Find out if I’m eligible to apply for the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana?

    Ans. The beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana will be selected or identified through the published SECC-2011 data. If your name appears in the data, you will be eligible to apply.

  3. I’m a PMUY beneficiary. Am I allowed to buy an LPG stove outside from the market and still avail the PMUY benefit?

    Ans. Yes. You are allowed to buy an LPG stove outside from the market and still avail the PMUY benefit as long as you buy an ISI marked stove.

  4. Should I be paying for the Suraksha Hose, DGCC, and installation?

    Ans. A total cost of up to Rs.1,600 will be paid by the Government of India. The government will reimburse this amount per connection to the respective Oil Marketing Company. In return, the Oil Marketing Companies reimburse Suraksha Hose Pipe cost, DGCC book, installation charges, and administrative of about Rs.200 to the respective distributor on a weekly basis.

  5. My mother applied for the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. Her name is appearing as the applicant on the application. She is not alive, can I or her granddaughter claim the benefit and get the Uiiwala connection?

    Ans. Yes. They are eligible to receive on behalf of the deceased applicant provided they fulfil certain prescribed conditions.


News about Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) Scheme

  • Haryana distributes 5 lakh connections under the PMUY scheme

    As per the data provided by the Socio Economic and Caste Census, 5.17 lakh LPG connections have been provided under the PMUY scheme. The minister for food, civil supplies and consumers affairs, Karan Dev Kamboj said that all the households that have not been provided under the PMUY scheme will be provided the same by 2020. The total number of eligible families in the state stands at 13.53 Lakh. Under the scheme, 1.17 Lakh households have been provided with free connections by the state government with the rest being provided the connection by the central government. For the beneficiaries of the PMUY scheme, the security deposit of Rs.1600 is to be waived off and only the amount at the time of refill is to be paid.

    20 September 2018

  • With an eye of 2019 elections, centre launches aggressive Ujjwala campaign

    The central government has launched an aggressive campaign to market the government backed Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) scheme. As part of the campaign, the Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan initiated the mobile LED vans from the Indian Oil Corporation premises. As pr Pradhan the mobile LED vans will travel to all the interior parts of Odisha and create awareness about the PMUY scheme and the usage of LPG. In addition to providing information on usage of LPGs, these LED vans will also provide new connections to eligible customers who have not yet benefitted from the PMUY scheme. In total, it is planned that 10 LED vans will be employed in the state. In Odisha, 33 lakh people have been already provided new LPG connections under the PMUY scheme.

    5 September 2018

  • PMUY has provided 70,000 LPG connections in Himachal Pradesh, says Jai Ram Thakur

    Himachal Pradesh chief minister, Jai Ram Thakur has claimed that 70,000 LPG connections have provided under the PMUY scheme. As per data provided by the CM, 73,074 LPG connections have provided to the eligible households under the government backed scheme. Thakur also added that more eligible households are in line to recieve LPG connections under PMUY. PMUY was launched by prime minister Narendra Modi in 2016 in Balia, Uttar Pradesh. The scheme has already added more than 3 crore beneficiaries with more set to follow.

    3 September 2018

  • PMUY Achieves Target of 5 Crore Beneficiaries 8 months Before Set Date

    Government has successfully achieved its objective of providing connections to 5 crore people under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme 8 months before the set date. The scheme has already received widespread praise from all quarters. The scheme was launched in April 2016 with and the target was to provide 5 crore connections before the end of April, 2019. This target has been achieved with the Lok Sabha speaker handing out the documents for connection number 5 crore on Friday to a woman from Sangam Vihar, New Delhi.

    World Health Organisation has praised the impact of PMUY with the usage of LPG over firewood reducing the hazards to members of the households as well as the environment. The PMUY initiative has provided clean cooking fuel to more than 3.7 million households in India. After its success with the below poverty line households, the scheme has been extended to other economic sections as well.

    Under the PMUY scheme, every household that has enrolled in it is entitled 12 cylinders at subsidised rates from the government in a year. The capacity of such cylinders is 14.2 kg. The subsidy amount is transferred by the government directly to the bank amount of the consumer under the PAHAL DBTL scheme. The subsidy amount is Rs. 291.48.Some of the other achievements of the PMUY scheme include increase in coverage from 62% to 80%.

    21 August 2018

  • PMUY scheme gathers steam in West Bengal

    The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme has gathered steam in West Bengal with the number of LPG connections being distributed to the people increasing with every passing day. In fact, the eastern state has closed the gap on other states in the country as far as the number of LPG connections that have been distributed are concerned. As pr data collected by the government, 81 percent of households in the state now have an LPG connection as compared to 84 percent households in the entire country. This is a drastic improvement from the 54 percent households that had LPG connections before the launch of the scheme in the state.

    PMUY was launched in 2016 in the state of West Bengal which is two and a half months after its launch in the entire country. Under the PMUY scheme, 54.5 lakh connections have already been provided to the people in the state with the total number of connections having reached 1.05 crore. The Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have a set a target of adding another 5 lakh connections by the end of this month. In other good news for the people of West Bengal, Indian Oil is investing Rs.4,325 crore in multiple projects.

    2 August 2018

  • PMUY completes two years in existence

    The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana has completed two years in existence. During its operation, under the PMUY, the number of LPG connections provided by the central government has increased 4 crore and the penetration of LPG has reached a high number of 80%. The Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) has been the major distributor of LPG under the scheme giving away approximately half of the total that has been distributed by the government. As per data provided by IOCL regarding sales between May 2016 and April 2017, 85.47 lakh customers in all were distributed LPGs under PMUY.

    The reviews from the people who have benefited under the scheme is mostly positive. It is felt by the beneficiaries of the PMUY scheme that the money being paid for the LPG connection is neither more nor less. Also, one of the biggest advantages of being a part of this scheme for many is no more exposure to health hazards. Under the PMUY scheme, the loan deferment policy allows the customers to recover the loan amount. As per the loan deferral policy, the amount is deferred for the next six times the LPG cylinder is refilled. The period for availing this offer under the scheme has started on April 1, 2018.

    26 July 2018

  • PMUY has been a success in Hingoli

    The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) has been a success in Hingoli, a small town in Maharashtra. The scheme has already benefited thousands of women with clean cooking gas fuel preventing health hazards that would pose serious risks to people of the household otherwise. In the district, the government under the stewardship of Maharashtra’s chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis has already distributed thousands of LPGs free of cost to households below poverty line.

    23 July 2018

  • 70 LPG Free Connections Distributed in Ramgarh Village in Jammu and Kashmir

    70 LPG free connections have been distributed in Ramgarh village in Jammu and Kashmir under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) scheme. The event was organised by Shaheed Gurudeep Singh SM Gas agencies. The free LPG gas connections were distributed under the supervision of Chander Prakash Ganga, MLA of Ramgarh village, where the event was held. Talking about the benefits of using an LPG connection instead of firewood fuel for cooking, Ganga said that the elimination of smoke coming from firewood would greatly improve the health of women of the household.

    Every recipient of the LPG gas connection will also get an insurance of Rs.6 Lakh in case there is any accident or mishap caused by it. The MLA has also said that those below families that were eligible for a free LPG connection and could not get it under the PMUY scheme in the constituency would soon be able to avail the free connection under the PMUY scheme.

    25 June 2018

  • The Aim of PMUY is to Provide Clean Fuel to Every Household in the Country, says PM Modi

    Addressing the women who have become beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), a scheme under which households below poverty line can avail LPG gas connections from the government, Prime Minister Modi said that the initiative has socially empowered Dalits and tribals. Talking further about the success of the scheme, he said that the BJP government during its tenure of power has distributed 10 crore LPG gas connections as compared to only 13 crore that have been distributed in the past 6 decades.

    The PMUY scheme was launched by the government in 2016 in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh with the aim of providing clean fuel for cooking for every household in the country. Under the scheme, the connection is issued in the name of the woman of the household with the subsidised price being Rs. 1600. The government also provides a loan for the same to households below the poverty line. PMUY scheme has been lauded by the WHO saying that use of clean fuel will eliminate health hazards that kill over 20 lakh people in India every year. The aim of the government is to provide 9 crore families with LPG connections by the year 2020.

    31 May 2018

  • PMUY Beneficiaries to talk to the PM on NaMo App

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will communicate with the beneficiaries of the PMUY scheme on the NaMo app. The PMUY scheme was launched by the NDA government in May, 2016 to provide LPG as a clean cooking fuel to 5 crore women who belong to poor households. Till now, Rs. 8000 crore has been allotted for the scheme to be implemented.

    To get to know the concerns of the people on the fourth anniversary of BJP led coalition being in power, the Prime Minister has launched a survey on NaMo app. The survey is designed to rate the performance of the BJP led government over the four years it has been in power. The survey also includes the schemes that have been launched by the government during its tenure. This will allow the beneficiaries of PMUY to raise their concerns or commend the benefits of the scheme directly to the PM.

    30 May 2018

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