Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) scheme in Delhi and distributed new LPG connections and cylinders to beneficiaries here.
During the event, about 400 LPG connections were handed over to families belonging to below poverty line category.
“Nearly, 5 lakh women die every year from domestic pollution. We have gathered here to provide clean fuel to Delhi,” Pradhan said while addressing the gathering. Pradhan claimed that the PMUY scheme has transformed the lives of more than 3.5 cror women by providing them with clean cooking fuel and eliminating health hazards.
The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has increased the target of Ujjwala connections from the existing target of 5 crore to 8 crore by 2020.
The PMUY was launched at Yamuna Sports Complex in the national capital.
Mahesh Giri, Member of Parliament, East Delhi, O P Sharma, MLA, Vishwas Nagar, Sanjiv Singh, Chairperson, IndianOil, senior officials of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Oil Marketing Companies, women beneficiaries of the scheme among others were also present on the occasion.