Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a celebrated project in Baliya in connection with providing free local culinary connections to families living below the poverty line. Launching a free gas connection scheme, Modi has spoken on several issues, calling himself the number one worker. Describing himself as the labor number one, Modi mentioned a series of schemes undertaken by his government for the welfare of the laborers. The scheme has been launched on the occasion of May Day. Modi has criticized previous governments for doing very little for the poor. He said that the policies created by the previous governments were not designed with the welfare of the poor in mind. Planning was done with only the ballot in mind. Modi said in clear words, “If the poor get power, resources and opportunities, education, employment, housing, drinking water, electricity will be eliminated.”
Focus on the BPL family Questions were raised against the policies adopted by the previous government for poverty alleviation. For the last several years, poverty was on the rise. We are fighting poverty. He announced that under the Prime Minister’s Ujjwala scheme, free LPG connection would be made available to women members in BPL families. In the first year, 8.5 million such connections will be issued. The target is to complete five crore within three years. He said that after 5 years of independence, only 5 crore such connections would be made available to his government within three years, 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 towards the poor. Whatever government steps in, it will be in the interest of the welfare of the poor and the poor. Modi had mentioned the plans with a minimum pension of Rs. Apart from this, due to the provident fund portability, there are now benefits as the job is changing. After launching Give It Up campaign on March 7, a large number of people have come forward. 1.5 million people have voluntarily left subsidies. Modi assured that, by surrendering the subsidy, free LPG connections would be made available to BPL families.
Customers are currently entitled to get 5 cylinders or 5 kg cylinders. Market price is higher than LPG but subsidy cost is lower. Modi said that in the first year, BPL families were being given huge benefits. For each LPG connection, Rs 5 will be provided to BPL families. The country has an active subscriber base of 1.5 million LPG. In his address, Modi said that the power will reach the next 7 days in five villages that do not even have electricity pillars.
Document RequiredFor this, it is necessary to have Aadhar card in the name of all the members of the respective BPL family. Customers will be able to apply by April 1. BPL ration card, three photo BD along with bank passbook will have to be applied. Also a copy of the Aadhaar card of all the family will be required.
It is pertinent to mention here that under this scheme, gas agencies will provide all the goods, including regulators, rubber tubes, fireplaces, free of cost, along with gas connections. Inden will soon provide free gas connection on an earlier basis. HPCL will provide customers one cylinder, one regulator, security deposit, card and safety hose free of cost.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to the Prime Minister’s Ujjwala scheme to provide free LPG connections to women of BPL families. Under the scheme, a provision of Rs 8 thousand crore has been made for providing 5 crore LPG connections to BPL families. Each BPL family will get Rs. 1600 financial support for LPG connection. Eligible BPL families will be identified through consultation with the state and union territories. The scheme will be implemented in the financial year 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-2019.
For the first time in the country’s history, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas will implement a scheme to benefit millions of women from poor families.
The poor in the country still have limited access to cooking gas (LPG). The reach of the LPG Cylinder is mainly to the city and semi-urban areas, and most of them are also middle and middle class. Making coal-based cooking has shown serious health problems. According to an estimate by the World Health Organization, five lakh deaths in India are caused by dirty coal fuel. Most of these causes of death include heart disease, trauma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer. Domestic air pollution is responsible for a large number of respiratory diseases caused by children. According to experts, burning an open fire in cooking is equivalent to burning 400 cigarettes per hour.
By providing free LPG connections to BPL families, access to cooking gas in the country will be possible for all people. This will empower women and protect their health. This will also help reduce the time and hard work required to cook. The scheme will also provide employment to rural youths working in the distribution of cooking gas. In this direction, the finance minister addressed poverty in the budget speech of 29-02-2016