PM UJJWALA SCHEME (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Government Scheme)

News-CRUX-10     5th October 2023        
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Context: Recently, the government made a significant move by raising the cooking gas subsidy for economically disadvantaged households participating in the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY).

  • This decision is set to have a positive impact on the 9.6 crore households currently enrolled in the targeted subsidy program.

PM Ujjwala Yojana

  • Launched: May 2016.
  • Ministry: Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
  • Objective: To make clean cooking fuel such as LPG available to the rural and deprived households that were otherwise using traditional cooking fuels such as firewood, coal, cow-dung cakes, etc.
  • Target: LPG connections to 5 crore women members of BPL households.
  • Expansion: The scheme was expanded in April 2018.
  • Beneficiaries: Women beneficiaries from 7 more categories- SC/ST, PMAY, AAY, Most backward classes, tea garden, forest dwellers, and Islands.

LPG Subsidy

  • The Government of India provides gas subsidies as a type of financial assistance to beneficiaries. In an effort to help Indian households cope with inflation, this subsidy is provided on LPG cylinders.
  • Beneficiaries receive the subsidy amount in their bank accounts.