PMUY was launched by Hon'ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on 1st May 2016 at Ballia, Uttar Pradesh, which is changing lives of the women in the country especially of those belonging to the under-privileged section of the society.
President Pranab Mukherjee gave out the latest batch of LPG connections at a function in Jangipur, West Bengal, on Saturday in the presence of oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan, the statement said. According to the report, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Congress MP from Jangipur Abhijeet Mukherjee were also present with the President on the occasion.
Under this scheme, the government aims to provide LPG connections to BPL households in the country.
Uttar Pradesh has emerged as the biggest beneficiary under the scheme, with 55 lakh connections already handed out. He added that to expand the reach of LPG in West Bengal, more than 600 distributorships will be commissioned in the state out of which more than 50 distributorships will be commissioned in Murshidabad district.
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I thank Rashtrapati Ji for the special gesture of handing over LPG connections to beneficiaries in Jangipur, West Bengal.
The government has set a target of five crore LPG connections to be distributed to the BPL households across the country under the scheme.
In May last year, the Government had embarked on a drive to provide free cooking gas connections to 5 crore women from poor households in three years with a view to reduce the use of polluting fuels such as wood and dried cow dung. This is the highest ever LPG connections released in any given year. More than 5000 new distributors have been added in the last 3 years which have come up primarily in rural areas to cater to the enhanced LPG demand generated by PMUY.