01 May 2016
scheme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide LPG connections to women from Below Poverty Line households. The objective of the scheme is also t to reduce health hazards/diseases and air pollution caused by the use of unclean fossil fuels.
LPG connections will be provided by the year 2018-19.
time frame of the scheme: FY 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19
Rs. 8,000 crore
total budget of the scheme. Part of this the funding will be from money saved in LPG subsidy through the “Give-it-Up” campaign.
subsidy for each connection that will be transferred directly to the beneficiary, thus eliminating possibility of misuse.
households in India, are still deprived of LPG as cooking fuel and have to rely on firewood, coal, dung – cakes etc. as primary source of cooking as per census 2011.
states where the scheme has been launched: Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announces the increase in number of beneficiaries as part of his 01 Feb 2018 budget speech. The increase is "in view of the pace of implementation of the scheme and its popularity among the women"