The central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has once again completed (after 100% electrification) a project ahead of its deadline. This time is Ujjwala, PM Modi’s pet project.
Ujjwala Yojana under which the Modi government has provided poor households with LPG connections free of cost, has over-performed the connection target eight months sooner.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will hand over ‘UjjwalaConnection Number 5 Crore’ to the beneficiary in presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at a function in the Parliament.
Ujjwala provides free LPG connections to poor households through Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC).
The success of this scheme is unprecedented and the government has enhanced the target to 8 crore LPG connections by 2020.
In the 2018 budget, the scheme was allocated Rs 4,800 crores.
The scheme has seen considerable success in providing smoke-free cooking environment to poor households many of which earlier had to rely on dung cakes, firewood, coal among others as fuel.
Ujjwala yojana was lunched by PM Modi on 1 May, 2016 from Ballia, Uttar Pradesh.
The expanded scheme will include beneficiaries of PM Awas Yojana, Antyodaya Anna Yojana, tribals, Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe households, Most Backward Castes (MBCs), island dwellers and tea garden workers.