Over 10 crore free cooking gas (LPG) cylinders were supplied to poor households under the government’s Covid-19 relief package between April and June, Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) said on July 24, 2020.
To overcome the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government had announced a relief package under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) comprising free ration, cooking gas, and cash to certain vulnerable sections.
One of the initiatives under PMGKY was to supply three free LPG refills to the 8 crore Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) beneficiaries during April-June. “An estimated over 10 crore free LPG refills were supplied under PMGKY by HPCL and other oil marketing companies. “HPCL supplied more than 2.85 crore free LPG refills at doorsteps of its PMUY beneficiaries during April-June, 2020, helping the PMUY beneficiaries during this unprecedented crisis,” the statement said.