Ujjwala has cut rural women’s chest congestion by 20%: Study

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  1. According to a study by Indian Chest Society and Indian Chest Research Foundation, Ujjwala scheme has helped reduce chest congestion in rural women by 20%. The study has been published in the International Journal of Medical and Health Research.
  2. Launched in 2016, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is a scheme of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas.
  3. It aims to safeguard the health of women & children by providing them with a clean cooking fuel – LPG.
  4. The scheme provides free LPG connections to economically weaker families. The connections are issued in the name of women of the households.
  5. Under the scheme, cash assistance of Rs. 1600 is given to the beneficiaries to get a deposit-free new connection. Further, interest free loan is provided to purchase stove and refill by Oil Marketing Companies.