Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu here today handed over 6 croreth LPG connection under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) to Smt Jasmina Khatoon from Shivpark, Khanpur, Delhi
Vice President acknowledging the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and guidance of Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, appreciated the collective efforts of the officials of Ministry and the Oil Marketing Companies in achieving the target of 6 crore. Describing it as a momentous occasion, he said that PMUY endeavors to fulfill the dream of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi to benefit the poor persons, the persons in the last row of the society. Shri Naidu said that Indian economy is striving fast to become 3rd largest economy of the world, and the schemes like PMUY deal with the social aspect of the growth story, by its inclusiveness.
He said that the Prime Minister has called for ‘Reform, Perform and Transform’ and this initiative of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is a giant step in transforming the lives of the people. It not only tackles the health and environmental problems due to household smoke, but also empowers the women and restores control to them over their destiny. The Vice President described it as revolution in peaceful manner. He congratulated all the stakeholders in achieving the target, well before the schedule.
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said that in the fifty years since the launch of LPG, only 13 crore connections were provided while in the last 54 months, almost similar number of connections have been provided by this government.
He said that coverage of LPG connections has jumped from 55% in 204 to 90% now. Shri Pradhan said that almost 80% beneficiaries under the PMUY have been refilling the cylinders. He said that the PMUY has been hailed by the international organizations and developed countries while it has set an example for the developing countries of the world.