In Himachal, The Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched the PM Ujjawala Yojana. In the scheme about three lakh BPL families will be benefited in the state.
The minister also said that two LPG bottling plants and 50 LPG distribution centers would be opened in Himachal.
The central government has set a target to distribute five crore LPG connections to BPL Households across the country. In the PM Ujjawala Yojana, LPG connections will be provided in the name of women, he said.
2.25 crore new beneficiaries had been covered under the scheme till date in the first year of its commissioning in the country. Today the total number of active LPG consumer has crossed 20 crore with huge jump from 14 crore in the year 2014.
For implemention of the scheme, a provision of Rs 8000 crore had been made by the central government over three years. He sais that every household in Himachal would have LPG connections in next one or two years.
The Union Minister said that there were 172 distribution centres for LPG in Himachal Pradesh and 50 more centres would be opened in next few months.
About 2,82,370 BPL families in the state who would be benefited from the scheme, said the Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.
The chief minister said that ‘Mata Shabri Mahila Shastikaran Yojna’ was being successfully implemented in the state under which 50 per cent subsidy was being given to the women of schedule caste category of BPL families on LPG connections. Mr. Singh also said that the Ujjawala Yojna is an expansion of the existing scheme.
Around 200 families were distributed LPG and and 1450 BPL families have been registered in the first phase in Solan district.
The central government has set a target to distribute LPG all the BPL families across the country in next two or three year.