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

News-CRUX-10     18th September 2023        
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Context: Recently, the center approved the expansion of PM Ujjwala Yojana over three years from Financial Year 2023-24 to 2025-26.

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.
  • Beneficiaries: Women beneficiaries from 7 more categories- SC/ST, PMAY, AAY, Most backward classes, tea garden, forest dwellers, and Islands.

Initiatives to expand LPG coverage

  • PAHAL (Pratyaksh Hastantarit Labh): Instead of providing LPG cylinders at subsidized price, those were sold at market price, and applicable subsidy was directly transferred to individual’s bank account electronically.
  • GIVE IT UP: Instead of removing subsidies forcefully, people were encouraged to voluntarily surrender their subsidies.


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