Narendra Modi’s reign as the Indian Prime Minister is a compilation of masterstrokes with his many schemes that changed the face of India over the last couple of years. One such important scheme is The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. Introduced on 1sy May 2016 in the state of Uttar Pradesh, PMUY is a socio-economic welfare scheme that aims at providing LPG connections to all the households below the poverty line. Thus inefficient and toxic rural fuels were replaced by clean Liquefied Petroleum Gas in about 5 Crore households.
Goals Of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana?
The primary aim of PMUY is development across the rural sectors of India by providing them with better non-renewable fuel facilities and to promote hygienic cooking in households below the poverty line. This scheme has multiple advantages:
- Educating the rural women to use healthy fuels in cooking.
- Promoting welfare in rural families by eradicating health hazards posed by unhygienic fossil fuels.
- Reducing pollution caused due to burning fossil fuels and in turn prevent any bronchial and respiratory diseases that may affect the lungs negatively.
- Eradicating deadly diseases caused due to air pollution, thus decreasing the death rates among rural locales.
Government Implementation Of PMUY
The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is responsible for implementation of this scheme. The time frame that has been provided for implementation is 2016-2019. All the LPG’s will be properly dispatched and distributed to households below the poverty line on the production of required documents. The Ministers of Petroleum and Natural Gas will keep a record of all distributions to meet the goals within the given time frame.
Budget Allotted For PMUY
Narendra Modi has introduced the PMUY and has declared a budget of 8000 Crore to implement it. Each financial year an amount of 2000 Crore will be kept aside for PMUY to provide LPG connections to 5 Crore households by 2019. An EMI will also be started by the government for refilling the LPG and to buy stoves.
Application Procedure: How to apply For PMUY
PMYU is aimed at educating women and encouraging them to use healthy cooking fuels instead of fossil fuels. Thus KYC Application forms for PMUY has been introduced by the government which is available both online and offline. So any woman who is from a family that comes under “below poverty line” category can fill the form with all required details. The form has to be submitted along with all the necessary documents to the nearest LPG retailer mentioning the weight of LPG Cylinder required. The eligibility criteria for application is a follows:
- The applicant must be a female whose name is listed under “Below Poverty Line,” SECC-2011 data. For this, the applicant must issue a BPL Certificate authorized by the municipality chairman. A copy of this certificate must be submitted to the nearest LPG retailer
- The age of the applicant must be equal to or above 18 years.
- The applicant must belong from a household that does not have a pre-registered LPG connection.
- The applicant should be the primary account holder in any centralized bank with a savings account in her name.
- Along with the BPL Certificate, the applicant must also have a BPL Ration Card.
- The applicant must submit any photo identity proof: Aadhar Card, Voter Card, etc.
The above-mentioned documentation proofs have to be submitted along with a recent passport size photograph to complete the application.