Ujjwala Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana: Empowering Women Through Clean Cooking

Introduction of Ujjwala Yojana:

  • Launched on May 1, 2016, in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Aim: Providing LPG connections to women from Below Poverty Line (BPL) households.

Ujjwala Yojana Overview:

  • Original target: 8 Crore LPG Connections by March 2020.
  • Additional provision in Union Budget FY 21-22: 1 Crore LPG connections.
  • Special facility for migrant families introduced.
  • Extension: 75 lakh LPG connections over three years (FY 2023-24 to 2025-26).

Current Status of Ujjwala Yojana:

  • As of March 1, 2024, 10.27 crore PMUY beneficiaries.

Need for the Ujjwala Yojana:

  • Limited access to clean cooking gas among the poor.
  • Health hazards associated with cooking based on fossil fuels.
  • WHO estimates: About 5 lakh deaths annually in India due to unclean cooking fuels.
  • Benefits: Empowerment of women, health protection, reduction of drudgery, and employment generation.

Target Beneficiaries of Ujjwala Yojana:

  • Eligible beneficiaries: Adult women from specified categories including SC, ST, PMAY (Gramin), AAY, etc.
  • Applicant eligibility: Must be 18 years or older; no existing LPG connections in the household.
  • SC Households
  • ST Households
  • Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin)
  • Most Backward Classes
  • Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY)
  • Tea and Ex- Tea Garden tribes
  • Forest Dwellers
  • People residing in Islands and River Islands
  • SECC Households (AHL TIN)
  • Poor Household as per 14-point declaration
  • Applicant must have attained 18 years of age.
  • There should not be any other LPG connections in the same household.

Benefits to Citizens:

  • Cash assistance provided by the Government: Rs. 1600 (for 14.2kg cylinder) or Rs. 1150 (for 5kg cylinder).
  • Cash assistance covers security deposit, pressure regulator, LPG hose, domestic gas consumer card, and installation charges.
  • First LPG refill and stove provided free of cost to all PMUY beneficiaries.
  • Security Deposit of Cylinder – Rs. 1250 for 14.2 kg cylinder/ Rs. 800 for 5 kg cylinder
  • Pressure Regulator – Rs. 150
  • LPG Hose – Rs. 100
  • Domestic Gas Consumer Card – Rs. 25
  • Inspection/ Installation/ Demonstration charges – Rs. 75

Subsidy Scheme:

  • Targeted subsidy: Rs. 300 per 14.2 kg cylinder for up to 12 refills per year during FY 2024-25.

Implementation Process of the Scheme:

  1. Application Submission:
    • Women from BPL households without access to LPG can apply for a new connection through the LPG distributor.
    • Online application available, accessible here.
  2. Required Details:
    • KYC documentation.
    • Ration card issued by the respective state or other relevant state government documents certifying family composition. For migrant applicants, Annexure I self-declaration form.
    • Aadhaar of beneficiary and adult family members mentioned in the document.
    • Proof of address. Aadhaar serves as both proof of identity and address if the connection is needed at the same address. In such cases, only Aadhaar is required.
    • Bank account number and IFSC.
  3. Verification Process:
    • LPG field officials match the application against the SECC – 2011 database to verify BPL status.
    • Details entered into a dedicated OMC web portal using login credentials provided by OMCs.
    • OMCs electronically conduct de-duplication exercises and other due diligence measures for new LPG connections.
  4. Connection Issuance:
    • OMCs issue connections to eligible beneficiaries after completing the verification stages.
  5. Financial Options:
    • Government bears connection charges.
    • OMCs offer the option for EMIs to cover the cost of a cooking stove and the first refill, if desired by the consumer. EMIs can be deducted from the subsidy amount due on each refill.
    • Contributions for stove and refill costs by state governments, voluntary organizations, or individuals must coordinate with OMCs under PMUY guidelines, subject to MoP&NG approval.
  6. Mela Organization:
    • OMCs organize melas at various locations to facilitate connection release for BPL families.
    • Events conducted in the presence of public representatives and notable local figures.
  7. Coverage:
    • Scheme encompasses BPL families under all distributorship forms and for various cylinder sizes based on field conditions (e.g., 14.2 kg, 5 kg, etc.).

Contact Information:

  • Helplines: 1906 (LPG Emergency), 1800-2333-5555 (Toll-Free), 1800-266-6696 (Ujjwala Helpline).
  • Grievance redressal: MoPNG e-Seva.

For more Details: Visit Official Website of Ujjwala Yojana

Source: Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

Table: Benefits Covered by Cash Assistance

ComponentAmount (Rs.)
Security Deposit (14.2kg)1250
Security Deposit (5kg)800
Pressure Regulator150
LPG Hose100
Domestic Gas Consumer Card25
Installation Charges75

(Note: All amounts are in Indian Rupees)

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