Srinagar, Sep 29: In a commendable initiative started by Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday, a scheme has been inaugurated to provide free LPG, or cooking gas, connection in poor households in Jammu and Kashmir.
The government also announced that it will release one lakh connections in the next 15 days.
“This government at the centre released 2 lakh connections during the last 2 years in J&K, vis a vis 5 lakh connections released during the previous 8 years in the state by previous governments,” Minister added.
Pradhan also asserted that a bottling plant would be constructed at Kargil, while the capacity of the Leh bottling plant would be augmented. The state now has 4 bottling plants.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti launched the scheme in the presence of Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh
As per the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, LPG connections will be provided free of cost to 5 crore poor households by 2019 and it also includes parts of programmes in which 10 crore new consumers will be added to make clean fuel available to all households in the country, a petroleum ministry statement said in New Delhi.
The scheme started with an objective to wean women in poor households away from ill-effects of smoke from traditional cooking fuels.
The government has budgeted Rs 2,000 crore for the scheme, expected to cover 1.5 crore households in the current year.
Budgetary provision of Rs 6,000 crore would be made for 3.5 crore new connections under the scheme in the next two financial years.