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All BPL families in state to get free LPG connections

FPJ Bureau | Updated on: Friday, May 31, 2019, 03:26 PM IST

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BHOPAL :  BPL families in the State will shortly to get free LPG connections under the Ujjwala programme of the Union Government. The ground work for the project has been started by oil companies. In the first year, around 20 lakh families may get the benefit.

The principal secretary Ashok Varnwal and the representative of Oil Companies have discussed the issue in the meeting held recently.

According to sources, the programme, launched by the prime minister to free kitchens from  smoke and firewood will be implemented in the state soon.

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The PM had launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Balia in Uttar Pradesh on May 1.

Under the scheme, Rs 8,000 crore has been earmarked for providing five crore LPG connections to BPL households by the union government. The scheme provides a financial support of Rs 1600 for each LPG connection to the BPL households, in the nation.

Around 20L connections to be provided in phase one

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The identification of eligible BPL families will be made in consultation with the state governments and the union territories. This Scheme would be implemented over three years, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.

In the country, the poor have limited access to cooking gas (LPG). The spread of LPG cylinders has been predominantly in the urban and semi-urban areas with the coverage mostly in middle class and affluent households.

But there are serious health hazards associated with cooking based on fossil fuels. According to WHO estimates, about 5 lakh deaths in India alone due to unclean cooking fuels.

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Most of these premature deaths were due to non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer.

Indoor air pollution is also responsible for a significant number of acute respiratory illnesses in young children. According to experts, having an open fire in the kitchen is like burning 400 cigarettes an hour.

The commissioner, food and civil supplies, Dr Manohar Agnani informed Free Press that in the state around 1.19 crore families are rations card holders. Under the CM Annapurna Yojana (AAY) 16.90 lakh families and the 1.02 crore Priority Household families better known as BPL are having the ration cards.

On the condition of anonymity, an official informed that the state government was planning to provide free LPG connection to the BPL families. The criterion has already been set by the union government.

In the first phase in the State, CM-AAY ration card holders may get the free connections and in the second phase the other BPL card holders may get the connections.

The details of the ration card holders are available on the Samagra web portal.

If the oil companies and the state Food and Civil Supplies department join hands, Madhya Pradesh will become the second state in to start the Ujjawala programme.

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Published on: Saturday, May 14, 2016, 12:18 AM IST