In a major good news for poor citizens of India, who still cannot afford an LPG connection. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cleared the proposal of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas to release deposit free LPG connections to poor families, who were not considered earlier for release of LPG connections under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY).
Those citizens who receive deposit free LPG connections now, will be those whose names have not been covered either in Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) list or the seven identified categories.
These seven identified categories are – SC/STs households, beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) (Gramin), Antyodaya Anna Yojana(AAY), Forest dwellers, Most Backward Classes (MBC), Tea & Ex-Tea Garden Tribes, people residing in Islands / river islands, whose names did not appear in the SECC Iist.
A Cabinet note said on Monday, “Considering several representations received from various quarters, now, poor families who could not get LPG connection under PMUY are now eligible to get a connection subject to fulfilling the eligibility norms and furnishing required documents.”
PMUY has been in effect since May, 2016 through which deposit free LPG connections are released with the cash assistance of Rs 16007- per connection by Government of India and also, interest free loan to purchase stove and refill by Oil Marketing Companies.
So far more than 5.86 crore LPG connections have been released under PMUY against the target of 8 crore. 48% of the beneficiaries are SC/STs.