Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana 2020: A detailed overview

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is one of the flagship scheme by the government of India to provide free LPG connection to women living below the poverty line.. The scheme was launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on1 May 2016. The scheme has been implemented and monitored by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

Overview of the Scheme

Name of the SchemePradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana
Launched ByPrime Minister Narendra Modi
Launch Year1 May 2016
Objective of the schemeProvide LPG connection for free
Beneficiaries5 Crore Women belongs to BPL category
Monitored ByMinistry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
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What is Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

India is a country of more than 24 crore households. Out of 10 crores households, 10 crore families still rely on firewood, coal for cooking. The smoke from burning fire-wood or coal leads to environmental pollution as well as serious health hazards for children/women. In fact, In the WHO report it is clearly mentioned that this fuel smoke causes respiratory diseases and the smoke inhaled is equivalent to 400 cigarettes per hour.

Hence, the government of India took the initiative to provide clean cooking fuel to all 5 crore women belonging to below poverty line(BPL). The government will provide Rs 1600/ per connection in the next 3 years. As a result of clean and hygenic fuel, they will not need to compromise their health with smokey kitchens and collection of un-hygiene fire-woods. Through, this initiative the primary objective is to safeguard the health of women and children of our country.

The scheme was launched by the Government of India on 1st May 2016. The purpose of the scheme is to empower women, especially in rural areas. Hence, the LPG connection will be issued in the name women of that family. Initially, Rs 8000 crore has been allocated to implement this scheme. To identify the beneficiary, the government will use socio-economic caste census data.

The salient features of PMUY scheme are: –

  1. LPG Connection will be issued in the name of women of the BPL family, Only condition is that there are no existing LPG connections in the name of any family member of the family.
  2. The beneficiary list will be identified through the socio-economic caste census data.
  3. Under this, central government will provide cash assistance of Rs 1600/ per connections.

Also Read,

  1. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana
  2. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Yojana

How to apply for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme

Interested and eligible candidates can fill up the Ujjwala Application Form form in a prescribed format. After downloading from the below link, the candidate have to fill the details such as name, Contact details, Jan Dan Account no/ Bank Account number, types of cylinder(5kg/14.2kg), etc. After filling the application form, attached all the necessary documents and submit it to any nearby LPG outlet.

To download the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Application form, Click Here

Eligibilty Criteria for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

All the women belong to the BPL category are eligible to apply for this scheme. However, the list will be prepared basis on the socio-economic caste census data by the government.

Below are the basic eligibilty criteria for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojan

  • First and foremost, the applicant’s name must be included in the list of SECC-11 or the applicant is a beneficiary of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana/ BPL cardholder.
  • Applicants must be an adult woman i;e the age of the candidate should not be less than 18 years.
  • The women applicant should belong to BPL(Below Poverty Line) category.
  • Applicants must have a bank account in any recognized national bank.
  • The applicant’s family should not have any existing LPG connection.

Documents Required for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

List of documents required for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana are:

  • A BPL Certificate issued by Panchayat/ Municipal Corporation.
  • Identity proof(Aadhar Card/ Voter ID card)
  • One recent passport size photograph
  • BPL Ration card

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY): Revised Scheme

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

On February 2018, the targets of the scheme were revised to eight crore LPG connections with expanded (pre-identified detection standards) under the scheme with an additional allocation of Rs 4800 crore.

The revised target of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is set to achieve by 2020. The scheme was extended to cover all SC / ST families; PMAY (rural), Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY), forest dwellers, beneficiaries of most backward classes (MBCs), tea-garden tribes, individuals living in islands and rivers, and so on along With SECC households.

The milestones achieved by the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Scheme is that the scheme has deflated 715 districts across the country.

No of Connections Issued Under Pradhan mantri Ujjwala Yojana

Serial. No.States / Union TerritoriesNumber of connections released as on 07-09-2019
1Andaman & Nicobar Islands13,103
2Andhra Pradesh3,90,998
3Arunachal Pradesh44,668
8Dadra and Nagar Haveli14,438
9Daman and Diu427
14Himachal Pradesh1,36,084
15Jammu and Kashmir12,03,246
20Madhya Pradesh71,79,224
31Tamil Nadu32,43,190
34Uttar Pradesh1,47,86,745
36West Bengal88,76,053
Grand Total8,03,39,993

Helpline Number for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

Ministry of Petroleum has released a toll-free Helpline number 1800 266 6696 to help the beneficiaries. You can also call 24*7 at 1906 for any LPG leakage related complain.