Bhubaneshwar: Dictum of Acche Din will be seen surmounting in Sambalpur, Odisha, today, when PM Modi will initiate the launch of Pradhanmantri Ujjwala Yojana to provide free of cost LPG cooking gas connections to women from Below Poverty Line (BPL) households.
Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram and Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan are planned to flag it off.
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This policy aims to increase LPG customers in Odisha from 39 lakh at present to 80 lakh by December 2018.
It is a step further towards accomplishing BJP’s aim to provide Rs 5 crore free cooking (LPG) connections by the end of 2019 as was declared by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Also, for Yojana a budget of Rs 8000 crore has been allocated by the government.
Prior to this, NDA government has already launched this scheme regionally by the centre in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and recently in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh.
This scheme will not only help the BPL families to make their budget cost effective , but also help women in those household to escape the bane of smoke every time they spend time in kitchen cooking.
The Scheme provides a financial support of Rs 1600 for each LPG connection provided to a BPL household. The administrative cost of Rs. 1600 per connection, which includes a cylinder, pressure regulator, booklet, safety hose, etc would be borne by the Government.