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Modi launches phase-II of Ujjwala gas connection scheme for the poor

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the Ujjwala 2.0 (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana - PMUY) in Uttar Pradesh, through videoconferencing, in New Delhi on Aug. 10, 2021.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched the second phase of the Ujjwala gas connection scheme for the poor and said it would provide the biggest relief to lakhs of migrant worker families in the country.

Under Ujjwala 2.0 (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana), migrant workers would no longer have to struggle to get address proof documents to get the gas connections, Mr. Modi said.

Now migrant workers would only be required to submit a self-declaration of their residential address to get the gas connection, he added.

“The government has full faith in your honesty,” Mr. Modi said, speaking virtually at the launch of the scheme under which LPG connections were handed over to beneficiaries in Mahoba in Bundelkhand. Mr. Modi had launched the first phase of the scheme in 2016 from Ballia, also in Uttar Pradesh, ahead of the last Assembly elections. Uttar Pradesh is scheduled to go to the polls early 2022.

Long wait

Mr. Modi lamented that the country had to wait several decades to provide certain basic facilities to its citizens and that the brunt of this was faced by women, especially from poor families. Only when women come out of homes and kitchens, could they contribute to nation building, he stated.

“When a society keeps struggling for basic facilities, then how can it fulfil its bigger dreams,” the Prime Minister asked.

Under his government, 11,000 new LPG distribution centres had come up in the country, Mr. Modi said, adding that the figure had doubled in Uttar Pradesh from less than 2,000 to 4,000.

Interacts with beneficiaries

Mr. Modi interacted with women beneficiaries of the Ujjwala scheme from Uttarakhand, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Goa and Uttar Pradesh.

While Bundi Devi of Dehradun told him that the gas connection had allowed her to take care of her aged father as she no longer needed to go to the forest to fetch wood, Kiran Devi of Gorakhpur said now she saved time and her life was made easier.


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