Srinagar, Around 2.78 lakh LPG connections have been issued to women beneficiaries in Jammu and Kashmir under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) which has resulted in increasing LPG coverage in the State to 85.20%.
This information was given by the Minister of State (I/C) Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan.
He said 2.20 crore LPG connections have been issued to BPL families under PMUY during 2016-17 surpassing the target of 1.5 crore for the said fiscal.
Pertinently, PMUY was launched on 1st May 2016 at Ballia, Uttar Pradesh by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
The minister said that during 2016-17, Oil Marketing Companies have issued a total of 3.25 crore new LPG connections across the country.
“This is the highest ever LPG connections released in any given year. Today the total number of active LPG consumers has crossed 20 crore. This has been a quantum jump from 14 crore in the year 2014,” he said.
Pradhan said LPG demand in the country has registered a growth rate of more than 10%. More than 4,600 new distributors have been added in the last 3 years which have come up primarily in rural areas, he said.
He said a differential communication strategy to popularize the scheme as well as educating beneficiaries on safety norms through regional languages was carried out.
He said PMUY has become a social movement with the beneficiaries coming forward in large number to apply and get the cylinders installed.
The minister also highlighted the efforts made by the ministry and OMCs by the use of Digital Governance in the execution of the PMUY.