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PM Modi Will Launch Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana On May 1
By: Nikita Manot, 2016-04-23 03:30:00.0Category: Awareness
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Prime Minister Narendra Mod will launch a scheme to provide 5 crore free LPG connections to Below Poverty Line families in India from May 1.This ambitious 8,000 crore scheme has been possible due to the money saved from 1.13 crore cooking gas users who voluntarily gave up their subsidies in the past year.PM Modi will launch the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Ballia in Uttar Pradesh on May 1 followed by Dahod in Gujarat on May 15.
PM Modi officially launched the 'Give-it-Up' campaign in March last year. He asked the well-heeled citizens to voluntarily surrender cooking gas subsidies for one year. Since then 1.13 crore of the 16.5 crore LPG users have given up their cooking gas subsidy.This helped the government to nearly save Rs 1100 crore in subsidies.The money will be used to provide LPG connections to poor families over the next 3 years.The government intends to provide gas connections to 1.5 crore BPL households free of cost in this financial year. 60 lakh families belonging to the BPL category have already got LPG connection under this scheme. The scheme provides for a financial support of ₹1,600 for each LPG connection to the households.
Consumers are currently entitled to 12 cylinders of 14.2 kg each at subsidized rates per year. A subsidised 14.2-kg cylinder is currently available at Rs. 419.13 per bottle in Delhi while the Market-priced LPG is available at Rs. 509.50 per cylinder.However the consumers who voluntarily gave up the subsidy can reclaim it after the first year of the program ends. There will be no auto-renewal for the scheme and people can freely change their mind.