C Times, 7 August 2017, Agartala
Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (I/C) Petroleum & Natural Gas along with Shri Bhanulal Saha, Finance Minister of Tripura launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Rabindra Satabashiki Bhavan, Agartala on Monday. 19 LPG connections were handed over to the beneficiaries under PMUY. Shri Pradhan also announced that in next 3 years more poor families will have LPG connections.
The scheme was initiated under a mission of the Narendra Modi led-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.
The social welfare scheme was launched on May 1, 2016, at Ballia in Uttar Pradesh with a target of five crores LPG connections to be distributed to the BPL households across the country under it.
According to the report, BJP state president Biplab Kr Deb and Congress MLA Ratan Lal Nath were also present with the Central Minister on the occasion.
Shri Dharmendra Pradhan hailed the scheme saying that it would enable poor women to live a life of dignity and cook in a healthy environment.
According to the reporter, the Central Minister said that most poor families are dependent upon the conventional mode of cooking using hazardous fire wood that creates unhealthy surrounding, especially for women who cooks.
However, with PMUY, the government is efforting to provide clean fuel to these families and thus providing them with a clean environment and good health.
India has become world’s second largest LPG importer, a position that was previously occupied by Japan. China remains as the world’s top importer. LPG imports in the country have increased 23% during the financial year 2016-17 to about 11 million tonnes.
Bhanulal Saha, Finance Minister of Tripura said that the number of deaths caused by using unclean fuel would also be reduced to a greater extent. It would also prevent young children from acute respiratory illnesses caused due to indoor air pollution by burning the fossil fuel.