‘PMUY target of 5 crore LPG connections achieved 8 months ahead’

State Level Coordinator, Oil Industry J&K, Rajiv Yadav addressing a press conference at Jammu on Thursday. -Excelsior Rakesh
State Level Coordinator, Oil Industry J&K, Rajiv Yadav addressing a press conference at Jammu on Thursday. -Excelsior Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Dec 27: Oil Industry J&K has stated that the target of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) for distributing five crore LPG connections to women of BPL families by March 2019 has been achieved 8 months ahead as the distribution has crossed 5 crore mark by August ’18.
In a press conference here today State Level Coordinator, Oil Industry J&K, Rajiv Yadav said for this PMUY a budgetary provision of Rs.12,800 crore was provided for releasing 5 Crores LPG connections and additional 3 Crore LPG connections by March 2020.
He said that the scheme was launched by PM Narendra Modi at Balia, Uttar Pradesh in the year 2016.
“Since inception till Dec 15, 2018, IOCL has released over 2.75 Crore connections and the industry released over 5.8 crore LPG connections on all India basis under the scheme,” Yadav said adding that in J&K State, IOC has issued 2.41 lakh such connections, BPC 1.31 lakh and HPC 4.57 lakh which makes total of 8.29 lakh connections under the scheme till Dec 25, 2018.
He further said that last year the PMUY coverage was enhanced and new 7 categories SC/STs households, beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) (Gramin), Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY), Forest dwellers, Most Backward Classes (MBC), Tea & Ex-Tea Garden Tribes, people residing in Islands/river islands were also included.
“Recently, in order to give a universal reach of clean cooking fuel LPG in the country the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister, has given a latest decision to release deposit free LPG connections to poor families, who were not getting considered earlier for release of LPG connections under PMUY on account of their names not appearing either in Socio-Economic Caste Census list or the seven identified categories,” he further said.
Yadav further said: “Now, the poor households who were deprived to avail the scheme benefits for want of not appearing in SECC list or not able to certify their eligibility in the seven categories; can avail the scheme benefits by submitting the KYC along with Aadhaar and bank account details of applicant, Aadhaar details of adult family members, Ration Card and 14 point exclusion criteria declaration as per SECC.”
Anil Kumar Mehar, Chief Area Manager, IOCL Jammu, Afaq Majid Lone, Senior Manager (CC & LPG-S), IOCL Jammu & Sunil Kumar Digra, Manager (LPG), HPCL Jammu were also present in the press conference.