In an uplifting initiative, Tripura Chief Minister, Biplab Kumar Deb has declared that one lakh LPG connections will be provided to financially unstable women under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). The CM plans to achieve this goal within 100 days of the announcement.
Speaking at a public event on Saturday (March 31), Deb said PM Narendra Modi had launched the PMUY scheme in 2016 to make India a smoke-free country but the previous state government failed to implement it.
“Our target is to provide free Liquefied Petroleum Gas connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) to over 400,000 poor families in Tripura,” - Biplab Kumar Deb
He said that while 53.68% households of the state have LPG connections, about 67% families live below the poverty line.
"I have already requested Indian Oil authority to provide one lakh LPG connections to poor women under PMUY by next 100 days and hopefully we shall be able to achieve the target," he said, reported TOI.
In another event, state-run Indian Oil Corp Chief General Manager Uttiya Bhattacharyya told the media, “Our target is to provide free Liquefied Petroleum Gas connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) to over 400,000 poor families in Tripura.”
LPG cooking gas provides the facility of better health to rural women. Earlier in July last year, even the Assam government had promised a similar scheme. It aimed to cover 30,000 families in Kamrup Metro district of the state. To mark the launch, 10 beneficiary families were issued LPG connections.
“Most poor families use conventional modes of cooking using hazardous firewood, which create unhealthy surrounding, especially for children and women,” Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal had said. He informed that under the PMUY scheme, all families below poverty line can access the initiative.
Modi had launched the scheme Free LPG gas connection distribution initiative from Ballia in Uttar Pradesh. It focuses on providing free LPG gas connections to five crore households below poverty line. This initiative directly works for the betterment of women in villages and city slums.
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