After the achievement of the target of distribution of 1 crore gas connections across the nation under PM Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), the Central Government has temporarily halted the oil marketing companies for the further release of new connections.
On Wednesday, a senior said that the grant of new connections will be resumed soon.
The Executive Director of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (West Bengal State Office) Mr. Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra and the Marketing Division said that the target of distributing 1.5 crore connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) has been achieved in only eight months across the country.
He informed that they have put a temporary halt to release of new connections though we are collecting know-your-customer details, verifying documents and continuing other back-end activities necessary for new connections. We will soon start releasing new connections.
Under this scheme, the women head of the BPL (Below Poverty Line) family is given a deposit-free cooking gas connection with financial assistance of Rs 1,600 per connection after the identification through the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011 list.
Mohapatra was present at the valedictory function at Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav 2017. This function was organized with an aim to create awareness among the masses towards judicious use and conservation of petroleum products.
The PM Ujjwala Yojana was launched by the Indian Prime Minister Shri Narender Modi last year at Balliya, Uttar Pradesh. A target of distributing five crore LPG connections to BPL families by the upcoming three years has been set by the central government.
According to latest figures, the top five states in terms of PMUY connections are Uttar Pradesh (46 lakh), West Bengal (19.5 lakh), Bihar (19 lakh), Madhya Pradesh (17 lakh) and Rajasthan (14 lakh).
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley proposed an allocation of Rs 2,500 crore for new LPG connections to poor households, in his 2017-18 Budget, proposed an allocation of Rs 2,500 crore for new LPG connections to poor households, which remains unchanged vis-a-vis the 2016-17 allocation.
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