The steep increase in the cost of the Liquified Petroleum gas cylinder is forcing beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) to go back to the use of unclean fuel.
In recent research by SBI, it was revealed that even as PMUY has solved the problem of availability of LPG cylinders across the country, the issue of affordability continues to exist. The increase in the price of LPG cylinders has only added to the problems of beneficiaries who can’t afford to buy costly refills, reported The Financial Express.
In the past six months, the cost on non-subsidized LPG cylinder in Delhi has increased by ₹284 from ₹575 per cylinder in August 2010 to ₹859 in February 2020.
The research has also suggested a number of measures in its recent Ecowrap report. One of the suggestions include providing four free LPG cylinders every year to the beneficiaries.
As per state wise analysis of refill data of 5.92 crore connection installed till December 2018 and refill upto June 3, 2019. The research found that 24.6 per cent of beneficiaries never went for the second refill, 17.9 per cent consumers refilled either 1 or 2 cylinders, 11.7 per cent refilled three cylinders and 45.8 per cent consumers refilled four or more cylinders, reported The Financial Express
“This indicates that 54.2 per cent of total PMUY consumers consumed up to 3 cylinders in a year or more. However logic suggests that a family of 4 requires at least 3-4 cylinders per year. This means that people are not using PMUY cylinders on regular basis,” the SBI Research has said.
The report further said that Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana use among the rural households with low per capita income may be lower due to continuous increase in LPG prices.