New Delhi: Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Friday that Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) marks one of the biggest achievements towards women empowerment in independent India by means of LPG. Speaking at a workshop on Ujjwala scheme, he said that in the last five years, we have more than doubled the number of LPG connections.
LPG coverage has increased from 55 percent to 97.4 percent. The scheme has acted as one of the biggest catalysts of socio-economic change in the status of women in the country, Pradhan said ahead of International Women’s Day.
‘Looking at ways to increase LPG refills under Ujjwala’
Pradhan said that household pollution has been a reason of health hazard, which has been curbed with the availability of safe and environment-friendly LPG fuel to poor women of society. However, the mission is yet not complete. “Behavioral change, further strengthening of the supply chain, a shift towards cleaner energy, are some of our key priorities. We are looking for innovative ways to increase refills, sustain adoption,” he added.
‘Govt working to ensure energy justice for all’
The minister said that climate change is a worry for the world. Energy is an important element of economic empowerment.
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“We are working to ensure energy justice for all Indians… energy affordability, sustainability, efficiency, security. LPG should be the catalyst for socio-economic change.”
A large number of PMUY beneficiaries participated in the workshop, and exchanged experiences, as to how their lives have improved substantially after the adoption of gas chulhas in their homes. The workshop has been organised by the Petroleum Ministry in connection with the ongoing International Women’s Day 2020 celebrations.