New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday interacted with Ujjwala beneficiaries across the country through video-conferencing and said the scheme has become a symbol of progress.
Three Ujjwala beneficiaries were present at each of the over 600 centres across the country for this interaction. Besides, an estimated 10 lakh people viewed the interaction through various platforms including Narendra Modi app, television channels and social media platforms, a government statement said.
According to the government, approximately four crore women in rural areas have received LPG connections so far through the Ujjwala Yojana. Modi said the scheme was driving remarkable social transformation and in turn influencing a holistic development of the country.
“In all, nearly 10 crores new LPG connections have been issued in the four years since 2014 as compared to 13 crores in the nearly six-decade period from 1955 to 2014,” the government said.
In his interaction with the beneficiaries, the Prime Minister said Ujjwala had brought about benefits through better health outcomes, freedom from poisonous smoke and cleaner fuel. Women now had a greater opportunity to earn extra income as time spent on cooking got reduced, he said.
The Prime Minister emphasized that the government had been trying to ensure that there were no middlemen involved in this scheme and the beneficiaries were chosen through a transparent process. He said that 69 percent villages in India now had 100 percent LPG penetration, while 81 percent villages had more than 75 percent LPG penetration.