Petrolium Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) in Maharashtra to provide free LPG connections to BPL households. The move will benefit 91 lakh households living below the poverty line in Maharashtra over the next three years.
Devendra Fadnavis who was also present gave away free LPG connections to 10 women from BPL families. Pradhan said a target of 10 lakh connections has been set under PMUY for Maharashtra
in 2016-17 out of which one lakh connections are to be provided in Mumbai.
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is a welfare scheme of Government of India launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2016. Objectives of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Ujjwala Yojana is aimed at providing 5 Crore LPG connections in the name of women in BPL (Below Poverty Line) households across the country. The government has set a target of 5 Crore LPG connections to be distributed to the BPL households across the country under the scheme. Some of the objectives of the scheme are Empowering women and protecting their health. Reducing the serious health hazards associated with cooking based on fossil fuel. Reducing the number of deaths in India due to unclean cooking fuel. Preventing young children from significant number of acute respiratory illnesses caused due to indoor air pollution by burning the fossil fuel.