Eye on UP polls, PM Modi to launch Ujjwala subsequent week

NEW DELHI: Prime minister Narendra Modi is more likely to launch on August 10 the second version of ‘Ujjwala’, his authorities’s marquee social welfare programme for giving poor households entry to wash cooking gasoline, months forward of the essential UP meeting polls.
Modi had launched the scheme in Might 2016 from Balia district of UP, a transfer that helped gasoline the BJP’s rise to energy within the state subsequent yr and expanded the get together’s attraction among the many economically weaker sections of society throughout the nation.
Ujjwala has been designed to enhance the lives of womenfolk in poor households by offering LPG connection freed from value. The scheme helped increase LPG protection within the nation to 91% and offered a gateway to ship reduction to the poor within the aftermath of final yr’s lockdown.
The complete value of a LPG cylinder was transferred into the checking account of 8.3 crore beneficiaries upfront by the fourth of each month until June final yr in order that they might purchase three free refills below a particular package deal.
Now, Ujjwala 2 goals at offering in two years free LPG connections to 1 crore households which are poorer than these lined below the primary section. The second section additionally comes with liberalised tackle or id proof necessities to assist classes reminiscent of migrants, which represent a considerable chunk of voters in states reminiscent of UP, Bihar and Bengal.
The second section was introduced within the Funds 20201 however no funds had been allotted. However oil ministry officers stated the gasoline subsidy allocation of Rs 14,073 crore ought to cowl the Rs 1,600 value of every connection below Ujjwala 2.
Within the first section, eight crore poor households had been to be lined by March 2020. However the goal was achieved seven months earlier than the deadline, largely due to a private push from then oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
The scheme started with poor households within the Socio-Financial Caste Census. In February 2018, the ambit was expanded to incorporate all Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe households, Most Backwards Courses, beneficiaries of PM Awaas Yojana (Gramin), Antodaya Anna Yojana, forest dwellers, tea backyard employees and folks dwelling on islands.
However regardless of the federal government focus, cylinder utilization has hovered round 4 per yr amongst Ujjwala beneficiaries in opposition to 7-8 refills amongst common class customers due to value and supply points. Officers, nevertheless, say the low utilization is extra due to conventional it’s extra.

Updated: August 4, 2021 — 10:49 PM

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