Aizawl, Sept 15 (zoramobserver.com): The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) — the central scheme to give free LPG connections to the poorest households — was launched today in Mizoram by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr. Mahesh Sharma.
Sharma, who arrived in Aizawl by a special flight launched the scheme jointly with Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla during a launching function held at the state’s largest shopping mall Millennium Centre in Aizawl.
Launching the scheme, Sharma said that the BJP led central government has deep concern for the common men and is committed to upliftment of the poor section of society.
He expressed hope that many BPL families in Mizoram would be benefited through PMUY scheme which is expected to reduce cutting down of trees by providing free LPG connection.
While stressing the need for giving importance to the poor, he said, “If we say we are an independent and democratic country, it is our duty to see that the benefit and fruit of Independence goes to the common men of the country.”
Sharma also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a good leader who has great concern for the poorest section of society.
“He is the person who sees poverty very close. He experienced poverty and that is why he understands the pain and agony of poverty,” he said.
“The Prime Minister is always concern for how the pride of women could be brought back. He has concern for the education of girl children and his main concern is how to empower the common men and farmers,” he added.
He also said that the Prime Minister gives priority to development of Northeastern states.
Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, who was one of the chief guests on the occasion thanked Prime Minister for introducing the PMUY scheme and having launched the same in Mizoram.
He however, regret that many eligible beneficiaries in many villages of Mizoram have been missed in the list and asked the officials to include more beneficiaries.
The Chief Minister also asked the union minister and officials of petroleum ministry to make refilling of LPG easier and to increase supply of cooking gas as Mizoram often faced LPG crisis.
PMUY, which was launched by the Prime Minister on 1 May last year at Ballia in Utter Pradesh is a scheme to provide clean cooking fuel to women belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families across the country6. It aims at providing free LPG connections to 5 crore BPL households by 2019. Identification of beneficiaries is made on the basis of Social Economic Caste Census (SECC), 2011 data. The scheme has been launched already in 17 states. Within a span of little over one year from its launch, 2.7 crore beneficiaries have been provided with free LPG connections throughout the country.
Mizoram has around 2.55 lakh households with LPG coverage of 97.4 per cent. The oil marketing companies are trying to achieve 100 per cent penetration in the day to come. As a symbolic launch of the PMUY in Mizoram, the union minister also handed over free LPG connections to 10 beneficiaries from BPL families during the launching function today.