Ludhiana: The ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna’ was launched in Ludhiana by Union Minister of state for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday.
Under this scheme the five crores families under Below Poverty Line (BPL) will be given LPG connections by union government. The Punjab government will provide LPG stoves to the families.
Addressing a gigantic crowd on the occasion, the Deputy Chief Minister while thanking the Union Minister of state for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said that this novel measure would ensure the benefit to lakhs of BPL families in the state facing health hazards for until now they had to cook food on traditional ‘Chullahs’. He also said that those families in Punjab who don’t have these connections till now would be given these connections in 45-50 days. He also informed that modern cooking stoves (chullahs) would be given free of cost by the Punjab government to the BPL families. Disclosing more, he said that by December, 2016 all BPL families would be covered under this initiative.
Badal said that the union government has shortlisted Schedule Caste and BPL families but the Punjab government will also include the families left in other categories. The Deputy Commissioners were asked to take applications and provide benefits of the scheme to applicants.
Union minister Dharmendra Pardhan said that the schemes aim to provide subsidised connections to five crore BPL households by 2019 and its part of larger program of adding 10 crore new LPG connections by 2019.
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