The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwaja Yojana (PMUY) has been pushed by the Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan in relatively poor states like UP, Bihar, West Bengal and Odisha. His push has meant maximum enrolment in UP since the scheme was launched by PM in May last year from Ballia.
Since May last year, around 50.26 lakh new LPG connections have been issued in Uttar Pradesh for poor. This works out to 12,500 households getting the massively subsidized Ujjwala LPG cylinders in each assembly segments across the state.
These LPG connections also have fewer critics compared to similarly targeted social outreach schemes like Indira Awas Yojana or the food ration cards of yesteryears that were marred by massive errors of inclusion of ineligible beneficiaries and exclusion eligible beneficiaries.
The officials of the petroleum ministry said that
it was made possible by leveraging the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC), popularly known as BPL census, carried out by the previous UPA regime during 2011-13. The SECC data has been lying unused since UPA abandoned that BPL census under pressure from the civil society patronized by a strong section of the erstwhile National Advisory Council headed by Sonia Gandhi.
A petroleum ministry source highlighting how a UPA effort was leveraged by Modi government to cut the discretion of local panchayat representatives that could have marred the scheme altogether by confided that they used data analytics to identify beneficiaries on the grounds that they were still relying on unclean sources of fuel. It was segregated according to our LPG dealer network to provide LPG connectivity at the earliest.
In Uttar Pradesh – Sitapur, Kushinagar, Allahabad, Lakhimpur–Kheri, Bahraich, Unnao, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Hardoi, Kanpur Dehat — where more than none lakh new LPG cylinder connections was distributed since the launch of the scheme in May last year.