New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the second phase of “Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana” (PMUY) on Tuesday. Under this scheme, migrants will not need to submit a ration card or address proof for a free LPG gas connection. In the first phase (2016 to 2019) of PMUY, the government provided LPG connections to 8 crore households.
According to the information given by the Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister Modi will launch Ujjwala 2.0 (PMUY) by handing over the LPG connection in Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh through video conferencing at 12:30 pm on August 10. Prime Minister will interact with the beneficiaries of Ujjwala during the program and will also address the nation.
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Puri and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also be present on the occasion.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the first phase of “Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana” (PMUY) on 1 May 2016. Under the scheme, a target was set to provide subsidized LPG connections to 5 crore women members of Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.
In April 2018, the scheme was expanded to include women beneficiaries from seven more categories (SC/ST, PMAY, AAY, Most Backward Classes, Tea Garden, Vanvasi, Islanders). Also, the target was revised to 8 crores LPG connections. This target was achieved in August 2019, seven months ahead of the pre-determined date.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced the provision of one crore additional LPG connections under the PMUY scheme in the Union Budget for the financial year 2021-22. These one crore additional PMUY connections (under Ujjwala 2.0) are aimed at providing deposit-free LPG connections to low-income households that could not be covered under the first phase of PMUY.
With a deposit-free LPG connection, the first refill and hotplate will be provided free of cost to Ujjwala 2.0 beneficiaries. Also, there will be minimal paperwork for the enrollment process. In Ujjwala 2.0, migrants will not need to submit a ration card or address proof. A self-declaration will be sufficient for both ‘Family Declaration’ and ‘Proof of Residence’.