New Delhi. Ujjawala 2.0 Yojna Under the target of giving one crore additional LPG cylinder connections Prime Minister Narendra Modi The plan is to be achieved by the end of the year within five months of the start of the second version of the scheme. As on December 24, this number was around 96 lakh and more than half of the connections given under Ujjwala 2.0 are in the states of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Trinamool Congress In West Bengal, where more than 20 lakh connections have been given, in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, more than 15 lakh connections have been given to the beneficiaries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Ujjwala 2.0 from Mahoba in Uttar Pradesh on 10 August. before this Ujjwala 1.0 Yojana Under 8 crore LPG connections were issued.
The Ujjwala 1.0 scheme was also launched in 2016 by the PM from UP. Simultaneously with the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in 2017 2019 general elections This plan was seen as a game-changer for the BJP. Under Ujjwala 2.0, the beneficiaries were given free first refill and deposit-free LPG connection with stove. A senior official told News18, “The target of achieving 10 million connections in less than five months shows the popularity of the scheme, especially among women. Moreover, this has been achieved in the time of pandemic.”
This is how the target of Ujjwala 1.0 scheme was achieved
Gas connection is given in the name of female member of poor family. The Ujjwala 2.0 scheme was launched by the PM to cover the low-income families that could not be covered under the Ujjwala 1.0 scheme. The target of 8 crore connections of Ujjwala 1.0 scheme was also achieved in August 2019, seven months before the target date. Under the Ujjwala 2.0 scheme, a special provision was also made for migrant families to avail new LPG connections in view of the COVID pandemic. Option is being given to submit self-declaration which was accepted as valid proof of address/family structure.
The main allegation of the opposition against the Ujjwala scheme is that people are not coming for refills in view of the rising price of cylinders. However, the government says that 84% of the Ujjwala beneficiaries who got connections under Ujjwala 1.0 in the current financial year have come back for refills. The government says that the average consumption of these beneficiaries has also increased to 4.39 refills in 2020-21 as compared to only 3 refills in 2019-20
Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have deferred loan recovery from Ujjwala beneficiaries subsidy amount and other steps to encourage better consumption.