On the 10th of August, 2021 at 12:30 p.m., Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate Ujjwala 2.0 (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana - PMUY) by handing over LPG connections in Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh. During the ceremony, the Prime Minister will meet with Ujjwala recipients and deliver a speech to the country.
What is PM Ujjwala Yojana?
The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is a scheme run by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas that aims to link women from BPL households to LPG.
In April 2018, the scheme was expanded to cover women from seven additional groups (SC/ST, PMAY, AAY, Most Backward Classes, Tea Garden, Forest Dwellers, and Islands). The aim was increased to eight crores LPG connections in the second phase.
What is Ujjwala 2.0?
In this fiscal year, the Modi government would deliver roughly 1 crore gas connections to the needy, along with a free refill and a stove, as part of Ujjwala 2.0.
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman declared in this year's annual budget that the scheme would be expanded to 1 crore new beneficiaries in 2021-22. This scheme has already benefited more than 8 crore people.
Benefits of Ujjwala Yojana
The scheme gives BPL households with a financial assistance of Rs 1600 for each LPG connection, as well as an interest-free loan to purchase a stove and refills from Oil Marketing Companies.
The government would cover the administrative cost of Rs. 1600 per connection, which includes a cylinder, pressure regulator, handbook, safety hose, and other items.
Providing LPG connections to BPL families will ensure that everyone in the country has access to cooking gas. Women will be empowered and their health will be protected as a result of this measure. It will cut down on drudgery and cooking time. It will also generate jobs for rural kids in the cooking gas supply chain.
How to apply for PM Ujjwala Yojana?
PMUY Ujjwala 2.0 enrolment takes only a small amount of documentation. Migrants will also not be needed to submit ration cards or evidence of address in order to get the benefit. They only need a self-declaration to serve as both a "family declaration" and "proof of address."
The applicant must be a woman above the age of 18; she must be from a BPL family; she must have a BPL card and ration card, and there must be no LPG connection in the name of any of the applicant's family members.
Offline applications for the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana can be submitted by filling out and submitting an application form at the local LPG distribution agency. In the online option, the applicant can connect to the official website pmujjwalayojana.com and download the application form, which must then be submitted to the nearest LPG centre.
The journey from Ujjwala 1.0 to Ujjwala 2.0
- The goal for Ujjwala 1.0, which was launched in 2016, was to offer LPG connections to 5 crore women from BPL homes.
- Following that, in April 2018, the scheme was expanded to cover women from seven additional groups (SC/ST, PMAY, AAY, Most Backward Classes, Tea Garden, Forest Dwellers, and Islands).
- In addition, the aim was lowered to 8 million LPG connections. This goal was met in August of this year, seven months ahead of schedule.
- Provision for an additional one crore LPG connections under the PMUY scheme was announced in the Union budget for FY 21-22. These one crore extra PMUY connections (under Ujjwala 2.0) are intended to provide deposit-free LPG connections to low-income families who were not eligible for PMUY in its previous phase.
- Ujjwala 2.0 would offer the beneficiaries a deposit-free LPG connection as well as a free first refill and hotplate. In addition, the enrollment process will only necessitate a minimal amount of paperwork.
- Migrants will not be required to produce ration cards or address proof under Ujjwala 2.0. A self-declaration will suffice as both a "family declaration" and a "proof of address." Ujjwala 2.0 will contribute to the Prime Minister's goal of universal LPG access.