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LPG scheme to cover all poor people

The Union Cabinet on Monday approved the expansion of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, which aims to provide deposit-free LPG connections to all poor households.

So far, the scheme targeted the poor and underprivileged so listed in the Socio-Economic and Caste Census, 2011.

Following the Cabinet decision, poor people will be able to opt for the scheme even if they so far were not eligible, after furnishing the required identification documents and an affidavit saying that they do not have an existing LPG connection.

“The mandate of the scheme was to provide LPG connections to eight crore households,” said Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan.

“Of that, we would have achieved six crore at the end of 2018. So we have the funds to provide connections to the remaining two crore as well.”

Separately, in an answer in the Lok Sabha, Mr. Pradhan said the LPG coverage stood at 89.5% as of December 1, 2018. As on December 12, more than 1.03 crore LPG consumers had voluntarily surrendered their subsidy under the ‘Give It Up’ campaign.

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