Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath distributes 20 lakh free LPG connections under Ujjwala-2
With assembly polls over six months away, the state government distributed free gas connections to 20 lakh beneficiaries under the second phase of the Centre’s flagship Ujjwala scheme
LUCKNOW: With assembly polls over six months away, the state government distributed free gas connections to 20 lakh beneficiaries under the second phase of the Centre’s flagship Ujjwala scheme. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who interacted with beneficiaries, said the second phase would benefit those left out of the first phase, particularly migrant workers and labourers.
The second phase of the scheme was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Mahoba district on August 10.
In this phase, beneficiaries have been identified from 10 districts, including Sonbhadra, Banda, Mahoba, Chitrakoot, Rae Bareli, Hardoi, Badayun, Amethi, Fatehpur and Farrukhabad and they need not produce documents for getting a LPG connection. The UjjwalaYojana was launched on May 1, 2016, with the aim of providing free gas connections to 8 crore families. Of these, 1.37 crore were from UP.
The CM said, there was no better example than Ujjwala scheme to prove the government’s commitment to women’s empowerment. “There is always a worry among women about cooking food on time. Till 2014, there were 8 crore families without gas connections. They used wood, coal and dung cakes. These were neither safe nor healthy. The PM wanted to provide healthy cooking gas to ensure better living standards and the petroleum ministry worked to achieve this,” the CM said.
He added that he instructed district administrations to ensure that one representative of a company’s gas agency is deputed to visit houses and train women in safe use of LPG cylinders.
In a veiled attack on the Opposition, Yogi Adityanath said, schemes are beneficial only if implemented on time and for this, one needs a government with a vision.
“Before 2014, one had to wander around for gas cylinders and even after paying money, there was no guarantee of a connection. If they got a connection, there was no guarantee of gas. Earlier, people would stand in queues at midnight and by the time their turn came at dawn, cylinders would be exhausted,” he said, while highlighting hazards of using wood as cooking fuel. He said, those without cylinders had to mobilise fuel from forests, where they could be attacked by animals and even anti-social elements. “If wood got wet, people had to sleep with an empty stomach. Cooking gas is not just safe, but also a clean fuel,” he said.
The CM added, the government had taken several measures for women’s empowerment, starting with Swachh Bharat Mission in which toilets were provided to 2.61 crore people in UP, appointment of banking sakhis in each gram panchayat and handing over management of community toilets and under-dispute ration shops to women self-help groups.