Ujjwala Yojana Brings Down Cases Of Chest Congestion In Women By 20%, Uplifts 27% Poor Above BPL: Study

The Logical Indian Crew India

July 16th, 2019 / 1:03 PM

LPG Ujjwala Chest Congestion

Image Credit: Kalinga TV, Wikipedia

Narendra Modi government’s flagship social welfare programme – Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) that promised to supply clean energy such as LPG connection free of cost to the rural households have successfully reduced 20% of the chest congestion faced by women. This was concluded in a study by the Indian Chest Society and Indian Chest Research Foundation.

PMUY Reduces Chest Congestion

Union Oil Minister – Dharmendra Pradhan, who has been spearheading the scheme since May 2016, on July 15 called the result of the Ujjwala Yojana as “the most satisfactory part of the scheme”.

While speaking in the parliament, the minister highlighting the successful distribution of the LPG gas to the needy ones, said that the scheme has helped the government to lift more than 27% poor above the Below Poverty Line (BPL).

Responding to a question in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour, the minister said, “Ujjwala scheme has set an example in the direction of making women empowered. It also impacts the environment as well as health and economic condition of the women.”

The scheme, which holds a record under the Guinness Book of World Record for the world’s most massive direct benefit transfer scheme, has more than seven crore beneficiaries. Pradhan, in his speech stressing on the favourable outcome of the yojana, said that around 86 % of the Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries have returned to buy the second cylinder. He also said to provide easy accessibility and availability of LPG to customers, Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have commissioned more than 9,000 LPG distributorships.

To encourage people to adopt LPG on a sustained basis, OMCs have taken multiple steps, said Pradhan. OMCs are now offering a swap facility to provide small 5 kg cylinder against 14.2 kg cylinder as per the requirement, educating beneficiaries of the advantages of the LPGs, launching an audio-visual media campaign to spread awareness, sending SMS to beneficiaries who have not returned for a refill, and placing hoardings at public places.

Currently, the top five states that have the highest number of PMUY connections are Uttar Pradesh – 1.35 crore, West Bengal – 81.65 lakh, Bihar – 79.69 lakh, Madhya Pradesh – 65.5 lakh, and Rajasthan – 58.95 lakh. The scheme had boosted the accessibility of the LPG gas to 94% in the country from 56% five years ago.

Also Read: Drop In Subsidised LPG By Rs 1.46 And Non-Subsidised LPG By Rs 30 A Cylinder


Written by : Debarghya Sil

Edited by : Shraddha Goled

Related Stories

Bengaluru White Topping Roads

White-Topping Of Bengaluru Roads: Did It Curb Pothole Menace Or Cause Traffic Congestion?

Ujjwala Waterwheels Women’s Drudgery

Ujjwala And Waterwheels: Reducing Women’s Drudgery

About 85% Ujjwala Beneficiaries In 4 Northern States Still Use Solid Fuel, Says Study

By Paving Way For Women Empowerment, Nand Ghar Brings Hope In Rural India

Sterlite Protesters killed

Anti-Sterlite Protesters Shot On Head & Chest Violating Police Standing Order; CBI Begins Investigation

Black Magic Killed Man

Gujarat: 50-Yr-Old Dead After Family Members Jump On His Chest To Ward Off “Evil Spirits”

Latest on The Logical Indian


Railway Ministry Bans Single-Use Plastic From October 2; Lok Sabha Follows Footsteps


UN Experts Slam Kashmir Communication Clampdown; Refer To The Situation As ‘Collective Punishment’


Oxford Study Reveals Packaged Food, Drinks In India Least Healthy

My Story

My Story: From Growing Up With Constant Pain & Discomfort To Becoming An Adcovate For Disability Rights


Govt’s New Direct Tax Code May Reduce I-T Burden, Simplify Filing Process


‘Give Us Any Small Space In This City To Feed The Poor’: Hyderabad Man Who Feeds 400 People Daily


Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.