Naren­dra Modi Gov­ern­ment passes first year tar­get in just months

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Af­ter sur­pass­ing the an­nual tar­get for re­leas­ing 1.5 crore liq­ue­fied petroleum gas (LPG) con­nec­tions within eight months of an­nounc­ing the Prad­han Mantri Ujjwala Yo­jana, the min­istry of petroleum and nat­u­ral gas now plans to for­mally launch the scheme in the north eastern states. “By Fe­bru­ary, we should be launch­ing the pro­gramme in the seven states. We have al­ready got 1.78 lakh ap­pli­ca­tions from As­sam alone,” said a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity.

The Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance gov­ern­ment launched PMUY in May 2016 at Bal­lia in Ut­tar Pradesh with an aim to pro­vide clean source of cook­ing fuel to 5 crore house­holds in the next three years with the first-year tar­get set at 1.5 crore con­nec­tions to be pro­vided to women be­long­ing to below poverty line house­holds.

The gov­ern­ment al­lo­cated Rs 2,000 crore for the na­tion­wide im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­gramme for 2016-17, whereas a to­tal bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion of Rs 8,000 crore has been made for the over­all im­ple­men­ta­tion over the next three years. Given the num­ber of con­nec­tions re­leased, the run rate comes to around 20 lakh con­nec­tions a month or roughly 65,000 per day, added the of­fi­cial.

Ac­cord­ing to a gov­ern­ment state­ment, 14 states and Union Ter­ri­to­ries hav­ing LPG cov­er­age less than the na­tional average, in­clud­ing hilly states of Jammu and Kash­mir, Ut­tarak­hand, Hi­machal Pradesh and all north­east states have been iden­ti­fied as pri­or­ity states for the scheme. How­ever, an ex­ec­u­tive from an oil mar­ket­ing com­pany close to the de­vel­op­ment said Andhra Pradesh, Te­lan­gana, Hi­machal Pradesh, Delhi and As­sam will be the fo­cus in the next phase. The ex­ec­u­tive re­quested not to be named as he is not au­tho­rised to speak to the me­dia. In Jammu and Kash­mir, 1.84 lakh con­nec­tions have been al­ready re­leased.

In terms of so­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tion, peo­ple be­long­ing to the sched­uled caste cat­e­gory in Pun­jab, Haryana and Tamil Nadu topped the list with 51%, 49% and 48%, re­spec­tively, of the to­tal re­cip­i­ents. For the sched­ule tribe cat­e­gory, Ch­hat­tis­garh (25%), Mad­hya Pradesh (22%) and Ra­jasthan (20%) were the top states (see chart). As per the gov­ern­ment state­ment, af­ter im­ple­men­ta­tion of the scheme, LPG cov­er­age in the coun­try in­creased from 61% at the start of the cal­en­dar year 2016 to 70% on De­cem­ber 1.

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