Pune: The district administration is setting a target of adding 20,000 LPG connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). In Pune around 67,000 LPG connections have been added under the scheme.
Addressing a press meet at old Pune Zilla Parishad office on Thursday, Pune District Nodal Officer Anagha Gadre said that Pune district has 3.46 lakh ration card holders in BPL section. “Majority of the beneficiaries under the scheme come from Pune rural area namely Junnar and Indapur,” added Gadre.
After successful 67,000 LPG connections, government officials are now targeting to add another 20,000 such connections to create a smoke-free village. Gadre said the district has about 188 dealers and they have been asked to provide 100 such LPG connections each which will help people in getting access to LPG. “On April 20 we will be observing PMUY Day (Ujjwala Diwas) and the beneficiaries under the scheme will be asked to share their experience of using LPG,” added Gadre.
District Supply Officer Dinesh Bhaledar said the kerosene consumption of Pune district has decreased from 1,320 kilolitres to 804 kilolitres mainly because of customers switching over to LPG. Sanjay Chaubey, Deputy Manager of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited said Pune district has a maximum number of people giving up LPG subsidy which helped rural population get access to LPG. Around 3 lakh people of the 28 lakh LPG connections in Pune have given up their LPG subsidy, added Chaubey.
About the initiative to add new LPG connections, Gadre said they shared details of BPL card holders with 188 LPG dealers who are getting in touch with those in need of LPG connection. Gadre said the target of Ujjwala connections in the country is raised from the existing target of 5 crore to 8 crore by 2020.
The PMUY aims to safeguard the health of women and children by providing them with a clean cooking fuel, LPG so they don’t compromise their health in smoky kitchens or collect firewood.
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 1, 2016 in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh.
Chief Manager of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), Himanshu Singh and Chief Manager Uday Dongre of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) were present for the press meet.