Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana launched in Jammu & Kashmir



Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) has been launched in Srinagar for the state of Jammu & Kashmir by Chief Minister of J&K, Mehbooba Mufti along with Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan in the presence of Minister of State, PMO, Dr A?Jitendra Singh, Dy. Chief Minister of J&K, Dr Nirmal Singh, Minister for FCS & CA J&K, Chowdhary Zulfikar Ali, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Nazir Ahmed Fiaz and Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Mir Mohammed.

This marks another step in the direction of providing LPG connections to five crore families who are Below Poverty Line (BPL). As a symbolic launch of the PMUY, women from BPL families were handed over connections during the function by the Chief Minister of J&K and Minister for Petroleum.

PMUY is a scheme to provide clean cooking fuel to the women belonging to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) households across the country, with an aim to provide LPG connections to five crore BPL households by 2019. It is a part of a larger program of adding 10 crore new LPG connections by 2019 to achieve full coverage of connections in Indian households. Providing LPG connections to BPL households would ensure universal coverage of cooking gas in the country. The scheme of providing clean cooking fuel would also reduce drudgery and the time spent on cooking and would also provide employment for rural youth in the supply chain of cooking gas.

Pradhan in his address said that the central government has released two lakh connections during the last two years in J&K vis a vis five Lakh connections released during the previous eight years in J&K by the previous governments. He added that there are four LPG bottling plants in the state and another LPG plant at Kargil would be put up and also to increase the capacity of Leh LPG plant.