Petroleum Minister Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan announced Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana in Maharashtra to provide free LPG connections for the BPL families. This scheme will benefit 91 lacs BPL families in Maharashtra in next 3 years. In his speech he said that the government has made a target of 10 lac connections for Maharashtra in 2016-17 and out of which 1 lac connections are to be provided in Mumbai only. He also informed that 4 lacs households in Maharashtra do not have LPG connections yet.
The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana launched by the PM Narendra Modi for the aim to provide clean fuel to the women who comes under BPL families and who generally use unclean cooking fuels. Through this scheme the government will provide 5 crore LPG connections for the BPL women.
Devender Fadnavis, CM of Maharashtra will work on updating the social economy caste census (SECC) data. The identification of those peoples who comes under Below Poverty Line (BPL) category is done through 2011 SECC data.
This scheme also provides Rs. 1,600 to the women beneficiaries as subsidy. Under this scheme Rs. 8,000 crore has been earmarked for providing 5 crore LPG connections to the BPL families and in first year 1.5 crore connection will be provided.
The subsidy of LPG is directly transferred in the bank account of beneficiaries. Arun Jaitley had allotted a budget of Rs. 2,000 crore to provide deposit free LPG connections to 1.5 crore women which comes in BPL category in year 2016-17. Budget announced for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana will be continued for two more years to cover 5 crore families who holds the BPL Card in next 3 years.