Under the Ujjwala scheme, free gas cylinder connection is provided to women. Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojana was launched by PM Modi on 1 May 2016. The main objective of this scheme is to provide women cooking facilities in a safe and clean environment by removing them from the smokey environment. Keeping in mind the harm caused by smoke, a scheme to provide free gas cylinder connections to women was started.
To get free gas cylinder connection under Ujjwala scheme, it is mandatory for a woman to be above 18 years of age. Also, they should have a bank account and BPL card. Apart from this, financial assistance of Rs 1600 is also given to BPL families for one LPG connection. However, the beneficiaries have to buy the stove themselves.
As per the scheme, 14.2 kg LGP cylinder is given to the beneficiaries. Its cost is around Rs 3200. On this Rs 1600 subsidy is available while OMCs get Rs 1600 as advance.
Benefits of Ujjwala Yojana
The government had set a target of providing LPG gas connections to 5 crore poor women by the year 2019 under the Ujjwala scheme. But this target was achieved in the year 2018 ahead of schedule. According to reports, 7.4 crore gas connections had been given till 2020. Since the implementation of this scheme, the utility of gas cylinders has increased. Women have got freedom from the smoky atmosphere. Health problems are over. Apart from this, it has helped in reducing air pollution and felling of trees. Otherwise women used to use earthen stoves for cooking.