6.23 crore connections released under Ujjwala Yojana

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Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was launched by the Government on 1st May 2016. The initial target under PMUY was 5 crore LPG connections, which was subsequently enhanced to 8 crore.  As on 28.01.2019, Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have released more than 6.23 crore LPG connections under the Scheme across the country.

The main features of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) Scheme are as under :-

(i) LPG connection is released in the name of an adult woman of the poor family, subject to the condition that no LPG connection exists in the name of any family member of the family, including the applicant.

(ii) Under PMUY, cash assistance uptoRs 1600/- is provided for releasing deposit free LPG connection.

(iii)  The beneficiary bears the cost of Hot Plate and purchase of first refill. The beneficiary has an option to take the Hot Plate or the first refill or both on loan basis, from Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) at zero interest rate.
Year-wise details of targets fixed, achieved, fund allocated and fund utilised are as under :-

.      Financial Year      Target    Connections released    Budget Estimates    Fund utilised

.                                                                                                                                                                       (`in crore)                                (`in crore).

.       2016-17                      2 crore            2 crore                                      2500                           2500

.       2017-18                     2  crore           1.56 crore                                  2251                             2251

.        2018-19                     2 crore           2.67 crore                                  3200                           200

.                                                                 (up to 28.01.2019)

.       2019-20                   2 crore

As per report of OMCs, the number of cases of established irregularities in providing gas connections to poor households under PMUY is few. OMCs take punitive action as per the extant Marketing Discipline Guidelines and the Distributorship Agreement against LPG distributors in established cases of irregularities.

This information was given by Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan in a written reply to the Lok Sabha on February 4, 2019.