Ujjwala: Extra Ujjwala LPG connections to cost Rs 1,650 crore

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NEW DELHI: The Cupboard on Wednesday pegged the price of 75 lakh further free LPG connections, to be given to poor households underneath the Ujjwala scheme by 2025-26, at Rs 1,650 crore.
The extra Ujjwala connections had been introduced by the federal government on August 29 together with a Rs 200 minimize in LPG refill worth. The approval of the monetary implication clears the way in which for rollout.
A authorities assertion mentioned with out continuation of the scheme, eligible poor households could not have been in a position to get their due profit. There may be demand for 15 lakh Ujjwala connections as on August 31.
Some eligible households nonetheless would not have LPG connection resulting from a myriad of causes starting from addition of households resulting from inhabitants progress, marriage, migration and remoteness of areas, in keeping with the assertion.
Info & broadcasting minister Anurag Thakur mentioned the state-run gasoline retailers will initially pay the price of connections. The federal government will compensate them for the expenditure, based mostly on the precise variety of connections added.
The price of every reference to one 14.2-kg cylinder or two 5-kg refills has been set at Rs 2,200. The value of a reference to one 5-kg refill has been set at Rs 1,300. A range and the primary refill can even be given with out charging the households in accordance with the scheme’s provisions.
Ujjwala is among the Narendra Modi authorities’s flagship social welfare schemes. It was launched in Might 2016 with the purpose of saving womenfolk in poor households from the unhealthy affect of smoke from biomass ‘chulhas’ (ovens).
The scheme has helped elevate LPG penetration within the nation to close saturation from 62% in 2016. The common annual consumption at the moment stands at about 4 per Ujjwala family.
The federal government restored LPG subsidy for Ujjwala shoppers at Rs 200 per cylinder as a part of Covid aid, which can even apply to the extra connections. LPG subsidy for basic home shoppers was scrapped in June 2020 following the pandemic-induced oil/gasoline worth crash.

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