In a significant development, the government has decided to lower the cost of domestic LPG gas cylinders by ₹200 for all consumers.
During a recent meeting of the Union cabinet, the government made a substantial reduction of ₹200 per cylinder in the price of cooking gas. This decision was accompanied by the cabinet’s endorsement of an additional subsidy allocation under the Ujjwala scheme. This supplementary subsidy amounts to ₹200, effectively increasing the overall subsidy per cylinder to ₹400 for beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY).
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Union Minister Anurag Thakur remarked, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has opted to decrease the price of domestic LPG cylinders by ₹200 for all users. This announcement serves as a special gesture from Prime Minister Modi to the women of our nation, coinciding with the celebrations of Raksha Bandhan and Onam.”
Thakur also provided insights into the strides made in enhancing access to LPG connections for citizens: “When we took office in 2014, only 14.5 crore citizens possessed domestic LPG connections. Today, that figure has surged to 33 crore, with 9.6 crore connections distributed under the Ujjwala scheme.”
Free Gas Connection for 75 Lakh Women
Illustrating the government’s commitment to social welfare, Thakur revealed that, in honor of Rakhi and Onam, an initiative has been launched to provide free gas connections to 75 lakh women beneficiaries through the Ujjwala scheme.
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As part of this initiative, these women will receive a gas burner, their first cooking gas cylinder, and the necessary pipe at no cost, Thakur emphasized.
This step not only provides financial relief to households but also underscores the government’s dedication to promoting cleaner and more efficient cooking practices, especially among women. It is a move that aligns with the festive spirit of Rakhi and Onam while addressing the broader goal of social and environmental responsibility.