Ben­gal, UP, Bi­har top in pro­vid­ing LPG to poor

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Ut­tar Pradesh, Ben­gal and Bi­har are the top ben­e­fi­ciary states of the Prad­han Mantri Ujjwala Yo­jna (PMUY), for giv­ing LPG (cook­ing gas) con­nec­tions to the poor. Ac­cord­ing to In­dian Oil, in UP where the scheme was launched in May 2016, close to 46 lakh women from be­low­poverty-line house­holds availed the scheme to get LPG con­nec­tions.

Though launched much later in Au­gust, Ben­gal al­ready added 19.5 lakh ben­e­fi­cia­ries to se­cure the sec­ond po­si­tion, fol­lowed by Bi­har (19 lakh), Mad­hya Pradesh (17 lakh) and Ra­jasthan (14 lakh).

Be­fore the launch, 10 crore out of 24 crore house­holds in In­dia were us­ing low-en­ergy, smoky fu­els like coal, fire­wood, cow dung, etc, caus­ing ma­jor health haz­ards to women and fam­i­lies.

Funded through money saved on LPG sub­sidy by “give-it-up” cam­paign, the PMUY scheme aims to of­fer ef­fi­cient en­ergy so­lu­tions to 5 crore fam­i­lies in three years, at a to­tal cost of Rs. 8,000 crore.

Of the to­tal, 1.5 crore house­holds will get LPG con­nec­tions this year. Ben­e­fi­cia­ries are cho­sen from the so­cio eco­nomic and caste cen­sus 2011. Un­der the scheme, oil com­pa­nies have sub­sidised Rs. 1,600 a fam­ily against se­cu­rity de­posit and con­nec­tion charges. Oil com­pa­nies fur­ther of­fered low-cost stoves against in­ter­est free loan to PMUY ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

Ac­cord­ing to RK Mo­ha­p­a­tra, Gen­eral man­ager and State level co­or­di­na­tor for oil PSUS in Ben­gal, na­tion­ally the scheme has so far helped cover 70 per cent house­holds, up from 61 per cent in May. In Ben­gal, av­er­ages are up from as low as 51 per cent to 63 per cent, since Au­gust. A to­tal of nine States in­clud­ing West Ben­gal, UP, MP, Gu­jarat, Bi­har, Ra­jasthan, As­sam and oth­ers where LPG usages were less than na­tional average were fo­cus States of the scheme.

Na­tion­ally, 60 per cent of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries have gone for re­fill so far in­di­cat­ing that the con­nec­tions are not ly­ing dor­mant. Mo­ha­p­a­tra ex­pects the re­fill sta­tus to im­prove with time.

IN BEN­GAL, AV­ER­AGES ARE UP FROM AS LOW AS 51 PER CENT TO 63 PER CENT, SINCE AU­GUST. A TO­TAL OF NINE STATES IN­CLUD­ING WEST BEN­GAL, UP, MP, GU­JARAT, BI­HAR, RA­JASTHAN, AS­SAM AND OTH­ERS WHERE LPG USAGES WERE LESS THAN NA­TIONAL AVERAGE WERE FO­CUS STATES OF THE SCHEME

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