Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Ujjwala LPG scheme gets 1-yr extension

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday extended subsidy of Rs 200 per LPG cylinder under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana(PMUY)for a period of one year.
To make LPG available to the rural and deprived poor households, the Central government launched PMUY in May 2016, to provide deposit free LPG connections to adult women of poor households. The subsidy under the government’s flagship scheme is credited directly to bank accounts of the eligible beneficiaries.
As of March 1, 2023 there are 9.59 crore PMUY beneficiaries, a government release said.
“There has been a sharp increase in international prices of LPG due to various geopolitical reasons. It is important to shield PMUY beneficiaries from high LPG prices,” it said.
All PMUY beneficiaries are eligible for this targeted subsidy
“Average LPG consumption of PMUY consumers has increased by 20 percent from 3.01 refills in 2019-20 to 3.68 in 2021-22. All PMUY beneficiaries are eligible for this targeted subsidy,” the release said .
The total expenditure will be Rs 7,680 crore for 2023-24, it added.


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