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Mukherjee distributes free LPG connections under PMUY at Jangipur, West Bengal

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President Pranab Mukherjee today distributed free LPG connections to 11 women under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) at Jangipur in Murshidabad district of West Bengal.
 
With this, the Central Government has distributed 2.5 crore LPG connections under PMUY among the poor and marginalised households across the country since its launch. The PMUY was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 1, 2016.
 
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Abhijit Mukherjee, MP and Ranjan Mahapatra, Executive Director, Indian Oil, Kolkata were also present on the occasion.
 
The LPG connections granted under PMUY crossed the 25 million mark with the one given to Ms Gouri Sarkar of Raghunathgunj by Mr Mukherjee.
 
On the occasion, Mr Pradhan said more than 600 distributorships will be commissioned in the state out of which more than 50 will be in Murshidabad district.
 
The scheme aims to provide LPG connections to 50 million BPL households by 2019 and is a part of a larger program of adding 100 million new LPG connections by 2019 to achieve full coverage.
 
This is the first time in the history of the country that the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is implementing a welfare scheme benefiting millions of women belonging to the BPL households. The identification of BPL families has been made on Social Economic Caste Census (SECC)- 2011 data.
 
The scheme of providing clean cooking fuel has also reduced drudgery, the time spent on cooking and also provides employment for rural youth in the supply chain of cooking gas. 
 
PMUY scheme provides assistance of Rs. 1600 to the woman beneficiary, comprising security deposit of 14.2 Kg cylinder and domestic pressure regulator; Suraksha hose; domestic gas consumer card and installation charges.
 
In the financial year 2016-17, Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have given 32.5 million new connections across the country. This is the highest ever LPG connections released in any given year. In the current fiscal PMUY connections have been presented so far to women beneficiaries from across the country, taking the total number of active LPG consumers to 207 million.
 
LPG demand in the country has registered a growth rate of more than 33% during last three years. 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.
 
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