Government beats target of free LPG to 5 cr homes

The government will complete the task of giving LPG connections free of cost to five crore poor households across 715 districts under the ‘Ujjwala’ programme, achieving the target originally set for one of PM Modi’s signature social schemes nearly eight months ahead of schedule.

Sources said Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is expected to hand over the ‘Ujjwala Connection No. 5 Crore’ to the selected beneficiary at a function in Parliament in the presence of oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

‘Ujjwala’ aims at bringing clean cooking fuel to poor households, identified according to the Socio-Economic Caste Consensus, and has proven to be one of the Modi government’s key platforms for political outreach. The scheme was launched on May 1, 2016, with a target of providing free LPG connections to five crore households by March 31, 2019.

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