Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana 2.0 Details (5 Kg LPG Gas Cylinder Refill)
Prime Minister Modi has announced that he wants the offer respite to the rural women by offering them free LPG cylinders. In this respect, the government designed, developed and implemented the Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojana. With the support of the commoners, the BJP is all set to form the government once again. As soon as it was clear that Modi will become be conducting the duties of PM once again, he immediately announced that will implement a new version of the already existing scheme. The new version of the project has been named Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojana 2.0.
Details about the former Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojana
As promised, the PM distributed LPG cooking gas cylinders in the houses of villagers. As the scheme was for the development of the women, the applications were made in the name of the female head of the family. Selected applicants got 14.2 kg LPG gas cylinder for domestic usage. The Prime Minister set out with the aim of reaching out to 8 crore women by the end of this financial year. Before the 2019 election was held, the beneficiary number was 7.19 crore. The PM happily announced that his government will reach the expected beneficiary count before the completion of 100 days of his reign as the PM for the second time.
Updated guidelines for the revamped scheme
In his announcements, he also mentioned that scheme follow-up results suggest that even though the female candidates get their LPG gas at 100% subsidy, they don’t opt for refills. Once the gas cylinder is exhausted, they go back to their previous cooking ways. The reason behind this is the high cost of the refills. The current market price of a 14.2 kg LPG refill is Rs. 712. But the central government offers a subsidy, and Rs. 215 is transferred to the bank account that has been opened in the name of the beneficiary. But no subsidy is available on the refills. On the other hand, the current market price of 5 kg LPG domestic cylinders is Rs. 260. Once purchase, Rs. 80 is transferred in the beneficiary’s bank account.
As per the scheme details, only those rural households were permitted to apply for the free gas cylinder and a sum of Rs. 1600 for purchasing the oven, who possessed their BPL certificates. The primary agenda of the Modi government was to ensure that poor people shun unhealthy ways of cooking food, and make use of modern technology. The success of the scheme also had a positive impact towards reducing air pollution.
The cost of 5 kg cylinders is almost 1/3rd of the cost of 14.2 kg cylinders. So, it will be easy for the poor rural women to afford a 5kg LPG refill. Additionally, these smaller cooking gas cylinders are lighter and more portable. This means that these cylinders will be more popular among the rural women. They will be able to lift these easily. As these cylinders are small, they will take up less space as well. Thus, they are perfect for the rural homes.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said that soon he will pass an official decree that will make distribution of 5kg LPG cylinders mandatory for the registered Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries. With the implementation of these new guidelines, the scheme will reach more eligible beneficiaries. These two updates will make it the scheme more affordable for the poor rural people. It will also help the central government to get in touch with the grassroots level individuals. After all, Modi mentioned in the 2014 and 2019 election manifestoes that his main aim is to provide proper facilities for the poor and needy section.
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