Get 3 Free Gas Cylinders: When and How?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a celebrated scheme in Ballia in relation to providing free local culinary connections to families living below the poverty line. Launching the free gas connection scheme, Modi spoke on a range of issues, describing himself as the number one activist. Describing himself as laborer number one, Modi referred to a series of schemes undertaken by his government for the welfare of laborers. This scheme has been launched on the occasion of May Day.
Modi has criticized previous governments for doing little for the poor. He said that the policies made by the previous governments were not made keeping in mind the welfare of the poor. The plan was done keeping the ballot in mind only. Modi stated clearly, "If the poor get electricity, resources and opportunities, then education, employment, housing, drinking water, electricity will be lost.
Focus on BPL Family
Questions were raised against the policies adopted by the previous government to eradicate poverty. For the past several years, poverty was increasing. We are fighting poverty. He announced that under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, free LPG connection will be provided to women members in BPL families. In the first year, 8.5 million such connections will be released. The target is to complete five crore within three years.
He said that 5 years after independence, 5 crore such connections would be made available to his government within three years as compared to only 10 million LPG connections. Modi said that in the first speech in the Central Hall of Parliament, when the BJP government of the year came to power, it has said that its government is committed to the poor. Any action the government takes will be in the interest of the poor and the welfare of the poor. Modi had mentioned plans with a minimum pension of Rs. Also, due to provident fund portability, there are benefits now because jobs are changing. After launching the Give It Up campaign on 7 March, a large number of people have come forward. 1.5 million people have voluntarily given up subsidies. Modi assured that free LPG connection will be made available to BPL families by surrendering the subsidy.
Customers are currently entitled to get 5 cylinders or 5 kg cylinders. The market price is higher than LPG but the cost of subsidy is less. Modi said that in the first year, huge benefits were being given to BPL families. For each LPG connection, Rs 5 will be provided to BPL families. The country has an active customer base of 1.5 million LPG. In his address, Modi said that electricity will reach five villages which do not have electric poles in the next 7 days.
For this, it is necessary to have an Aadhaar card in the name of all the members of the concerned BPL family. Customers will be able to apply by 1 April. BPL ration card with bank passbook, three photo BD's to be attached. Also a copy of the Aadhaar card of all the family will be required.
It is pertinent to state here that under this scheme, gas agencies will provide free connections to the gas connections as well as regulators, rubber tubes, fireplaces etc. Indane will soon provide free gas connections on an earlier basis. HPCL will provide customers one cylinder, one regulator, safety deposit, card and security hose free of cost.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Scheme to provide free LPG connections to women from BPL families. Under the scheme, a provision of Rs 8 thousand crore has been made to provide 5 crore LPG connections to BPL families. Each BPL family gets Rs. 1600 financial support for LPG connection. Eligible BPL families will be identified in consultation with the state and union territories. The scheme will be implemented in the financial years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-2019.
The poor in the country still have limited access to LPG (LPG). LPG cylinders mainly have access to city and semi-urban areas, and most of them are also middle and middle class. Making coal-based food has revealed serious health problems. According to an estimate by the World Health Organization, half a million deaths in India are caused by dirty coal fuel. Most of these causes of death include heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive lung disease, and lung cancer. Domestic air pollution is responsible for large number of respiratory diseases in children. According to experts, burning an open fire in cooking is equivalent to burning 400 cigarettes per hour.
Providing free LPG connections to BPL families will reduce LPG penetration in the country