Policy & Govt

After early success, Modi govt’s Ujjwala scheme hits roadblock; beneficiaries not refilling cylinders

Modi government’s flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) aimed at providing gas connections to women from poor households has hit a roadblock after initial success. The usage pattern of LPG cylinders by beneficiaries indicates a steadily decline over the months, the government data showed.

From 3.21 refills till December 2018 and 3.66 refills till March 2018, the annual average refill consumption has dropped to 3.08 cylinders in the 12 months to September 2019, the latest Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas data analysed by The Indian Express showed. In FY19, more than twelve states are below the national average consumption of LPG refill cylinders of 6.25 cylinders (14.2 kg).

The data by the government took into account the yearly refill consumption for the period of twelve months ranging from October 2018 to September 2019 of the beneficiaries of the scheme enrolled in the first two years of the launch. Read More

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