Ujjwala Plus: Modi govt’s scheme to let peo­ple do­nate cook­ing gas con­nec­tions to poor house­holds

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'Ujjwala' is one of the suc­cess­ful schemes by the in­cum­bent BJP-NDA gov­ern­ment in its three year's gov­er­nance and this year it would in­dulge in both wel­fare of poor and in get­ting re­lief in in­come tax. In a 'Plus' size, the Namo gov­ern­ment is of­fer­ing the fes­tive of­fer, Union Petroleum Min­is­ter Dhar­men­dra Prad­han men­tioned.

"Aim­ing of bring­ing smile on poor women's faces the 'Ujjwala Plus' will al­low good Sa­mar­i­tans, and cor­po­rate to gift clean cook­ing fuel," the min­is­ter said.

'Ujjwala Plus' scheme would al­low donors to do­nate cook­ing gas con­nec­tions for poor house­holds.

They (donors) would be able to do by pay­ing the cost of the num­ber of Ujjwala LPG con­nec­tions, they want to spon­sor to a non­profit com­pany floated by the oil min­istry. Each con­nec­tion costs Rs 1,600. Donors will get re­lief un­der Sec­tion 80G of tax norms. "Ujjwala Plus will be launched be­fore Di­wali," oil min­is­ter added.

Ujjwala scheme was launched on May 1 to pro­vide free LPG con­nec­tion to 5 crore poor house­holds in three years. How­ever, the first year's tar­get of 1.5 crore house­holds in just eight months, and with to­tal cov­er­age cur­rently touched the mar­gin of nearly 3 crore house­holds.

Till now, un­der the 'Ujjwala' scheme the state-run fuel re­tail­ers pro­vide free con­nec­tions to poor house­holds with sup­port from the gov­ern­ment. But, now un­der the 'plus' scheme Ujjwala takes the next level with peo­ple's move­ment by giv­ing a gov­ern­ment wel­fare scheme.

The oil min­is­ter also de­rived the 'Plus' scheme as 'Give it Up' cam­paign, which saw over 1 crore house­holds vol­un­tar­ily sur­ren­der­ing sub­sidy in re­sponse to an ap­peal from the PM Modi. Mean­while, Prad­han would also launch 'LPG Pan­chayat' scheme in Ah­mad­abad on Satur­day.

"We have 22.5 crore LPG con­sumers in the coun­try. We have to raise this cov­er­age. For this we need to cre­ate mass aware­ness about safety, af­ford­abil­ity and health ben­e­fits of us­ing LPG as a cook­ing fuel.

LPG Pan­chayat will rope in women work­ing at lo­cal self gov­ern­ment bod­ies or in mass-based schemes such as An­gan­wadi and Choupals to do this," he said.

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