Ujjwala empowered poor, marginalised Dalits, tribals: PM

'Till 2014, 13 crore families got LPG connection. This means, for over six decades, the figure stood at 13 crore. It was mostly the rich people who got LPG connections'

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes the flagship Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana has positively impacted the lives of several people across India. Interacting with the beneficiaries of the scheme that was launched on 1 May 2016, via NaMo App, he said that the scheme has strengthened the lives of poor and marginalised Dalits and tribals. “This initiative is playing a central role in social empowerment,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that in the last four years, the government has issued 10 crore new LPG connections, which has benefited the poor. “Till 2014, 13 crore families got LPG connection. This means, for over six decades, the figure stood at 13 crore. It was mostly the rich people who got LPG connections,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that his government is working on a target to provide LPG connections to every household.

The ambitious scheme was launched on 1 May 2016, from Ballia in Uttar Pradesh with an aim of providing free cooking gas connections to the poor, replacing the practice of using coal and wood in stoves that emanate smoke causing health problems.

Under the scheme, the government promises to provide LPG connections to families that are below the poverty line with a supportive price of Rs 1,600 for the next three years. The scheme has so far benefited around 3.5 crore women. The gas connections are issued in the name of the female member of the family. The government has set an aim of distributing 5 crore free connections by 2019.

The scheme was recently praised by the WHO in its pollution report, saying schemes like Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana has provided 37 million households to switch to clean energy.

According to Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, 3.5 crore LPG connections have been distributed under the Ujjwala Yojana so far. The government has plans to install 9 crore connections by 2020.

Earlier, on Sunday, on the occasion of his government’s fourth anniversary, Prime Minister Modi launched a survey on the NaMo App to gauge people’s mood about his administration.

The survey enables people to rate the performance of the BJP-led government as well as the performance of his flagship schemes and even the performance of the local MPs and MLAs.

The survey is designed to take the opinion of the people about the three most popular BJP leaders at the constituency and the state level. It asks people to rate their leaders’ on the basis of their availability, honesty, humility and popularity.

The assessment-based survey allows the participants to tell about the key considerations while voting and the condition of various amenities and infrastructure in their constituency.

The Prime Minister informed his followers about the survey on his Twitter handle.