A good 10 months since the launch of the Center’s much publicized Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), thousands of families living below the poverty line (BPL) across the State are still depending on kerosene and firewood for cooking, as the project is yet to be implemented here.
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched on May 1, 2016, with an aim of providing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) connections to 5 crore BPL households, identified based on the 2011 socio-economic caste census.
Food and Civil Supplies Department Officials said that this delay is despite Karnataka being the only State that has voluntarily come forward to improve the scheme by sharing the cost. The Centre is not implementing the scheme even though memorandums have been submitted.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has also written to Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan to implement the scheme. Some officials attributed this delay to Karnataka being a Congress-ruled State. Oil marketing companies have received applications from 2,12,444 (up to January 31) families.
Over 80,000 people across the State have given up their LPG subsidy to help people from BPL families to get benefits of the PMUY, in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘GiveItUp’ campaign. “The Secretary of Department of Food and Civil Supplies Mr. Harsh Gupta informed that the implementation of the scheme will help achieve the kerosene-free Karnataka goal.
The PM Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) has been launched in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Bihar, and Madhya Pradesh.
As per PMUY, beneficiaries have to purchase stove, lighter and pipe as the scheme provides just the connection with an LPG cylinder. But the Karnataka government has decided to improve it by providing the second cylinder, a double-burner stove and other materials free of cost.
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