• 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

    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.

    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 May 9th, 2018 is as follows:

    State Approximate Number of Connections Registered and Distributed Under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana 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.

    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.

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    News about Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) Scheme

    • 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

    • Jharkhand Government to Provide 25 Lakh LPG Connections in Two Years

      The Jharkhand government in its cabinet meeting recently decide to raise the number of households that will be given free LPG gas connections under the Ujjwala scheme along with free gas stove and first refill. The cabinet has decided to include 13.5 lakh households in 2018-19 and another 12 lakh households in the subsequent year. S.K.G Rahate, the cabinet secretary informed that a total of Rs.422 crore has been allotted for that purpose by the government.

      As per the new guidelines set by the centre, families falling into the BPL list, Scheduled Caste and Tribes, most backward classes, beneficiaries covered under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (rural) and antodaya scheme, forest dwellers and people residing on islands and river islands are eligible for availing the benefits of Ujjwala scheme. The cabinet in the meeting also decided to modify the conditions laid under the Jharkhand Industrial Policy, 2012 as well as extend the benefits of the 7th pay commission to personal staffs attached with the Chief Minister, former Chief Ministers and ministers with effect from January 1, 2016.

      4 May 2018

    • UJJWALA Divas Day Celebrated on 20th April

      A press meet was conducted by District Nodal Officer, Srinagar, Anees J Qari, Manager- HPCL to speak about the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). Leading LPG dealers in Srinagar, namely HPCL, BPCL, and IOCL participate in this press meet. During the press meet it was clear the 20 April 2018 will be celebrated as UJJWALA Divas Day across the country. Srinagar will also observe the UJJWALA Divas Day. During the LPG panchayats, people will be educated about the benefits of using LPS for cooking and about the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. People will be encouraged to opt for free gas connections under this scheme.

      25 April 2018

    • India Is The Second Largest Domestic LPG Consumer In The World

      Within the first two months in this year, India wass declared as the second largest LPG consumer in the world. In the past year alone, about 2.5 crore women in rural India have received (liquefied petroleum gas) LPG connections which not only improved their standard of living but promoted healthier cooking method.

      Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is a scheme that was introduced by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in the month of May 2016. The scheme was introduced with an objective to replace unclean cooking methods used in rural India with efficient LPG. Through this scheme, the government aimed to offer subsidised LPG connection to women below the poverty line with a support of Rs.1,600 per month, per connection. This has increased the use of LPG as cooking fuel in India and currently, India is the second largest domestic LPG consumer in the world.

      21 August 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.

      6 July 2017

    • 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.

      5 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.

      10 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.

      3 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.

      19 May 2017

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