The Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved Pradhan Mantri Ujwala Yojana with an outlay of Rs 8,000 crore for three years, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told on Thursday. Under the scheme, the government will spend Rs 8000 crore to provide LPG connections to rural households. On Wednesday, the government said that over 80 lakh people have voluntarily given up LPG subsidy.
Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan told the Rajya Sabha that as part of ‘GiveItUp’ campaign that the ministry initiated, around 53 lakh giving up in the past six months alone.
The scheme aims to provide on a war footing LPG connections to women members of BPL families. Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan said that the move is aimed at empowering women and protecting their health.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his Budget for 2016-17, had announced the plan, saying the poor do not have access to cooking gas. Many in corporate India, too, joined the campaign and urged their employees to give up on LPG subsidy.
The ministry said that the oil marketing companies have been targeting people with over Rs 10 lakh income to give up the subsidies. The ministry said, “For top 10 metros of the country, where most of the high income tax payers are likely to be residing, a suitable question has been built in the SMS platforms for ascertaining the income status of the LPG consumers. During telephonic calls also for refills, this is being done.
Consumer applying for new connection is also required to make declaration of his or his/her spouse of taxable income exceeding Rs. 10 lakh during the previous financial year computed as per Income Tax Act, 1961.”
The Scheme will be continued for at least two more years to cover a total of 5 crore BPL households. This will ensure universal coverage of cooking gas in the country.
So lets discuss some questions related to this article which can be asked in the upcoming exams :
1. Cabinet has approved how much amount for rural household under LPG scheme ?
2. Which scheme has been approved by PM modi headed cabinet with an outlay of 8,000 Rs ?
3. Government has approved 8,000 rs. under PMUY for how many years ?
4. Name the campaign related to LPG Subsidies ?
5. How many people have voluntary gave up the LPG subsidies ?
Courtesy : PTI News