Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) is a scheme launched by the Government of India in 2016 with the aim of providing clean cooking fuel, liquified petroleum gas (LPG), to the poor and economically weaker sections of the society. The scheme targets to provide 5 crore LPG connections to households below poverty line (BPL) by 2020.
Benefits of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana
- PMUY provides LPG connections to women from BPL households, with the aim of improving their health, reducing the time and effort spent on collecting firewood and other traditional fuels, and reducing the number of deaths caused by inhaling smoke from traditional cooking methods.
- The scheme provides a financial assistance of Rs.1600 for each LPG connection, which is released directly to the oil marketing companies (OMCs).
- It also includes a provision for a deposit-free LPG cylinder and stove to eligible beneficiaries.
- The scheme aims to create employment opportunities for rural youth and promote entrepreneurship in the LPG distribution sector.
Eligibility criteria for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana
- The scheme is available only to women from BPL households.
- Eligible applicants must provide proof of identity, proof of residence and proof of BPL status.
Implementation of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana
- The scheme is implemented through a network of OMCs and LPG distributors across the country.
- The procedure may vary slightly depending on the location and the service provider.
Official website: https://www.pmuy.gov.in/
As of October 2021, the scheme has provided over 8 crore LPG connections to BPL households across India.
It is important to note that the PMUY scheme is only available to women from BPL households. Eligible applicants must provide the required documents and make the required payment for the LPG cylinder and stove. The scheme is implemented through a network of OMCs and LPG distributors across the country, and the procedure may vary slightly depending on the location and the service provider.
Procedure to Apply for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana
- Eligible households can apply for an LPG connection through the PMUY website or by visiting the nearest LPG distributor.
- Submit the required documents to the LPG distributor.
- The LPG distributor will verify the documents and confirm the eligibility of the applicant.
- The applicant will then be required to make the required payment for the LPG cylinder and stove.
- After the payment is made, the LPG distributor will provide the deposit-free LPG cylinder and stove to the applicant.
- The financial assistance of Rs.1600 will be released directly to the OMCs, who will credit the amount to the applicant’s account.