Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was launched today at Imphal by Hon’ble Chief Minister, Manipur Shri N Biren Singh in the august presence of Dr. Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space; Shri Y. Joy Kumar Singh, Hon’ble Dy. Chief Minister, Manipur; Shri Karam Shyam, Hon’ble Minister, CAF&PD, Manipur; Dr. Thokchom Minya, Hon’ble MP Inner Manipur; Shri Thangso Baite, Hon’ble MP Outer Manipur; Ms. M.C. Mary Kom, Hon’ble MP Rajya Sabha; Shri Ksh. Bhabananda Singh, Hon’ble MP Rajya Sabha; Shri Dipankar Ray, Executive Director IndianOil AOD; Shri S I Singh, SLC- Manipur; Oil company officials and others.

This marks one more step in the direction of providing LPG connections during the three financial years commencing 2016-17 to 5 crore families who are Below Poverty Line (BPL). As a symbolic launch of the PMUY, 20 women from ‘Below Poverty Line’ (BPL) families were handed over connections by Hon’ble CM of Manipur and Hon’ble Minister of State (DoNER) and other dignitaries on the dais.

The guests were welcomed by Shri Dipankar Ray, Executive Director IndianOil AOD.

In his address, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Manipur mentioned that this scheme reflects Government;s focus on Women centric welfare measures Referring to a target of 2.43 Lakhs new connections for Manipur under this scheme, Hon’ble Chief Minister also mentioned that this scheme will not only improve health of BPL families but would also reduce landslide issues in hilly areas by reducing deforestation.

Hon’ble Minister of State (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space; while addressing the gathering mentioned that the Government is committed to the improvement of the weaker sections of the society and PMUY is a testimony to that. Highlighting the impact of the scheme, Hon’ble Minister spoke about how PMUY aims at improving the lives of all the mother who currently have to risk threats of mortal diseases such as cancer in pursuit of feeding their families.

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, which was launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on 1st May 2016 at Ballia (Uttar Pradesh) is a scheme to provide clean cooking fuel to the women belonging to the ‘Below Poverty Line’ (BPL) households across the country. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) aims to provide LPG connections to 5 Crore BPL households by 2019 and is a part of larger program of adding 10 Crore new LPG connections by 2019 to achieve full coverage of connections in Indian households. This is the first time in the history of the country that the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural gas is implementing a welfare scheme benefitting crores of women belonging to the BPL households. The identification of BPL families will be made on Social Economic Caste Census (SECC)- 2011 data. Providing LPG connections to BPL households will ensure universal coverage of cooking gas in the country. The scheme of providing clean cooking fuel will also reduce drudgery and the time spent on cooking and will also provide employment for rural youth in the supply chain of cooking gas.

PMUY scheme provides assistance of Rs. 1600/- to the woman beneficiary, comprising security deposit of 14.2 Kg cylinder and domestic pressure regulator; suraksha hose; domestic gas consumer card and installation charges.

Subsequent to the launch of the scheme on 1st May, 2016 at Ballia in UP; several regional launches took place for the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Odisha, Bihar, Haryana, Chattisgarh , Jharkhand, West Bengal , Assam and Nagaland to expedite enrolment of more and more of beneficiaries in the scheme. Within a span of one year from its launch, more than 2.2 crore beneficiaries have been released LPG connections under the scheme throughout the country.

Sri S I Singh, SLC Manipur proposed the vote of thanks on behalf of Oil Industry in Manipur.  (DIPR)

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