The Union Cabinet on Tuesday gave a nod to an additional subsidy of Rs 200 per LPG cylinder under the Ujjwala scheme. With this, the total subsidy will be Rs 400 per cylinder for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) beneficiaries.
Addressing a press briefing, Union Minister Anurag Thakur said that the Prime Minister has decided Rs 200 reduction in the price of domestic LPG cylinders for all users. “This is a gift from PM Narendra Modi, to the women of the country, during the occasion of Raksha Bandhan,” Thakur added. Under the Ujjwala scheme, 75 lakh women will get a free gas connection on the occasion of Rakhi and Onam, he added.
At present, there are 9.6 crore beneficiaries of the scheme. According to reports, India is dependent on imports for 60 per cent of its natural gas requirements. Thakur further said that the Modi government has initiated several schemes for the development of women, including pucca houses, toilets, additional foodgrains and Direct Benefit transfers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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