New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today handed over 6-croreth LPG connection under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) to Jasmina Khatoon from Shivpark, Khanpur, Delhi.

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan was present on the occasion. Many other beneficiaries were also provided with the connection under the scheme.

Speaking on the occasions, Naidu said that Indian economy is striving fast to become 3rd largest economy of the world, and the schemes like PMUY deal with the social aspect of the growth story, by its inclusiveness.

He said that the Prime Minister has called for ‘Reform, Perform and Transform’ and this initiative of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is a giant step in transforming the lives of the people.

“It not only tackles the health and environmental problems due to household smoke, but also empowers the women and restores control to them over their destiny,” said Naidu. The Vice President described it as revolution in peaceful manner. He congratulated all the stakeholders in achieving the target, well before the schedule.

Union Minister Pradhan said that in the fifty years since the launch of LPG, only 13 crore connections were provided while in the last 54 months, almost similar number of connections have been provided by this government.

He said that coverage of LPG connections has jumped from 55% in 204 to 90% now.

Pradhan said that almost 80% beneficiaries under the PMUY have been refilling the cylinders. He said that the PMUY has been hailed by the international organizations and developed countries while it has set an example for the developing countries of the world.

In order to provide clean cooking fuel to BPL households in the country, the Government has launched “Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana” (PMUY) scheme to provide five crore deposit-free LPG connections to women belonging to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families, which were subsequently increased to 8 crore with a budgetary allocation of Rs 12800 crore.