Targets fixed under PMUY Scheme already achieved

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News:The government of India has already achieved the target of giving 8 crore free cooking gas(LPG) connections under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY).

Facts:

About Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana(PMUY):

  • Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna is a scheme of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas.
  • The scheme aims to replace unclean cooking fuels used in the most underprivileged households with clean and more efficient LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas).

Objectives of the scheme:

  • Empower women and protect their health 
  • Reduce the serious health hazards associated with cooking based on fossil fuel 
  • Reduce the number of deaths in India due to unclean cooking fuel and 
  • To prevent young children from significant number of acute respiratory illnesses caused due to indoor air pollution.

Beneficiaries:

  • Under the scheme,an adult woman member of a below poverty line family identified through the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) is given a deposit-free LPG connection with financial assistance of Rs 1,600 per connection by the Centre.
  • The interest free loan is also provided to purchase stove and refill by Oil Marketing Companies.

Target:

  • Initially the target was installation of 5 crore LPG connections by 2019.But the target was revised to 8 crore which was to be achieved by 2019-20.