Five crore to be provided gas connections under ‘Ujjwala’ scheme: Dharmendra Pradhan

Lucknow: Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today stated that five crore Indians would be provided gas connections under the ‘Ujjwala’ scheme over the next three years, comprising of the 1.5 crore poor women who will get it free.

Addressing a press conference at Ballia, Dharmendra Pradhan stated that the scheme was being launched from the eastern Uttar Pradesh town on May 1 because Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will flag off the initiative, had directed his ministry to ensure that places where reach of cooking gas cylinders was less should be assimilated on priority.

Petroleum Minister further went on to say that while the national average of households with gas connections stood at 61 percent, the figure for Uttar Pradesh was 53 percent.