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
Ujjwala Plus may be launched on Independence Day
Ujjwala Plus is likely to be launched by the NDA government on the upcoming Independence Day in order to increase the coverage of the scheme for free LPG connections to the poor. Ujjwala Plus is the step that is going to follow the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana plan which ensures that free LPG connections are provided to women who belong to below-poverty-line families based on the Socio-Economic Caste Census of 2011.
However, as per reports from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, there are numerous families who are eligible but are left out from the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana due to technical errors. The Ujjwala Plus plan hopes to cover these families.
5th July 2017
Free Gas Connections To BPL People May Be A Reality In The Next 15 Days
While the Central Government of India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning on launching the Ujjwala Scheme in Karnataka, The State Government does not want to sit idle. The Karnataka State Government has decided to launch “Anila Bhagya”- an initiative that offers free gas connections to below poverty line people in the next 15 days. The scheme will be initially implemented in one of the backward districts of Karnataka-Hyderabad region.
6th July 2017
Now, Book LPG on Mobile in AP
LPG cylinders can now be booked through mobile phones at Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh without any hassles. The announcement was made by Kolkata IOC DGM Alok Singh after a delegation meeting to launch the Prime Minister’s Ujjwala Yojna (PMUY) scheme in the State.
In 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced PMUY at Balia in Uttar Pradesh in an effort to provide more and more women access to gas connections. The LPG connections are provided in the name of the woman in the family and those who want to avail this subsidy should mandatorily open a bank account in their name. The aim is to provide gas connections to women so that they do not have to go far away to collect firewood and other material required for cooking without an LPG connection.
PMUY will be introduced in the state on June 11.
10th June 2017
Free LPG for Rural women
Free LPG gas connections were given to as many as 1,000 rural women in Rayagada under the Ujjwala Yojna scheme by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
The aim is to make this facility available to 1 lakh households in the district. As of now, 1,20,000 families are eligible to avail this benefit and 17,000 women have been given gas connections so far.
Connections are given in the name of the woman and the minister requested all women in the district to actively take part and avail this benefit to improve the health condition of their families.
3rd June 2017
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