After the huge success of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) that was started by the central government with the objective to provide ‘clean fuel, better life’ to all women belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) and to make the rural households smoke free, it is now all set to come up with Ujjwala Plus scheme. According to Dainik Jagran, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce the scheme during his Independence Day speech from Red Fort, next month. The scheme will call upon the LPG users not just to give up their subsidy on the cooking gas voluntarily along with asking them to provide free LPG connection to truly needy households, said the report. The Ujjwala scheme is a social welfare scheme that was launched on May 1, 2016, at Ballia in Uttar Pradesh with a target of distributing five crore LPG connections to the BPL households across the country under it. Though the target was to reach five crore households in five years, in a major achievement, the Centre has already provided 2.5 crore connection till mid July, this year. President Pranab Mukherjee distributed the last one reaching the 2.5 crore LPG connection mark under the scheme in his former Lok Sabha Constituency Jangipur of West Bengal on July 15, said the report.
The scheme has not only given convenience to its beneficiaries but the central government has also received favorable results out of it, with the only the needy benefitting out of it. According to the Dainik Jagran report, the success of Ujjwala Yojana has played an important role in the huge win of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh. Considering it, the government is set to launch Ujjwala Plus scheme before the general elections that are scheduled to be held in 2019. In the scheme, the government will connect the common people this time who will be given an opportunity to bring free LPG connection for to poor households in any village they want.
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The Centre is looking at it as an initiative to connect the well-off people, thereby they also make a personal contribution towards nation-building. The LPG connections are still limited to less than 63 per cent in states like Bihar, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, the report added.