New Delhi: A number of fake websites have sprung up recently claiming they are facilitating access to the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. As the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas learnt of the frauds, it has issued a statement in public interest that the official website of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is pmujjwalayojana[dot]com.
The bonafide official website contains freely downloadable forms, both in English and Hindi, to be filled by the prospective beneficiaries for new LPG connections.
A fake identified
A fake entity with the name www.ujwalayojana.org has issued an advertisement in Hindustan (newspaper) announcing distributorship LPG cylinders under RGGLV Yojana. The Union government has clarified that this entity is not authorised by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for the purpose it has claimed in the advertisement.
The government has appealed to the people, in general, to not respond to advertisements or other forms of promotional events of commercial interests that claim they are associated with the state. They are all fake, the government says. No website other than www.pmujjwalayojana.com, the government has clarified, belongs to it for the purpose of extending facilities of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) aims to safeguard the health of women & children by providing them with a clean cooking fuel — LPG, so that they don’t have to compromise their health in smoky kitchens or wander in unsafe areas collecting firewood.
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on May 1st, 2016 in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh. Under this scheme, 5 Cr LPG connections will be provided to BPL families with a support of Rs.1600 per connection in the next 3 years. Ensuring women’s empowerment, especially in rural India, the connections will be issued in the name of women of the households. Rs. 8000 Cr. has been allocated towards the implementation of the scheme. Identification of the BPL families will be done through Socio-Economic Caste Census Data.
PMUY is likely to result in an additional employment of around 1 Lakh and provide a business opportunity of at least Rs. 10,000 Cr. over the next 3 Years to the Indian Industry. The launch of this scheme will also provide a great boost to the ‘Make in India’ campaign as all the manufacturers of cylinders, gas stoves, regulators and gas hose are domestic.