New Delhi: Narendra Modi’s dream project, Ujjawala Yojana, has been cooking happiness since the project rolled out. Today, the Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas has given out the exact number of families that have benefitted from the scheme.
The Pradhan Manthri Ujjwala Yojana is a scheme to distribute LPG connections to women of BPL families.
According to the Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, till 19th of this month the government has given 7.23 crore gas connections across the country for poor families. Kerala alone received 2, 12, 381 connections through the Ujjawala scheme.
The minister revealed that during 2018-19 a total of 3.62 crore connections were distributed while in 2017-18 it was 1.56 crore and in 2016-17 it was 2 crore connections.
In addition, around 282 cases of irregularities were found in the distribution of LPG cylinders and official actions were initiated against the erring distributors.
The Ujjwala Yogana was launched by Narendra Modi on 1 May, 2016 to distribute a total of 50 million LPG connections to women of BPL families. A total of Rs. 800 billion was allocated for the project which has become one of the most successful projects by the Modi government.
The project has covered 714 districts across the country. LPG cooking cylinders have silently revolutionized the lives of millions of people across the country. Most experts consider the successful implementation of the project as being one of the major reasons for Modi government’s victory.
Women who toiled in small kitchens breathing and coughing on the smoke from firewood suddenly felt a relief when cooking gas was introduced into their lives.