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Madhya Pradesh : Effect of inflation! People selling cylinders of PM Ujjwala scheme in junk, do not have money to fill gas

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PM Ujjwala Yojana) was launched on 1 May 2016. The objective was to allot safe, clean cooking fuel (LPG Cylinder) to all the families of the country who still use old, unsafe and polluted fuel for cooking. The government is providing domestic cooking gas to women holding APL and BPL ration cards. It has often been seen that after the first refill, these cylinders remain idle. But the pictures that have come from Bhind are raising serious questions about the relevance of the scheme. These conditions are in the state where the second phase of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was started by Home Minister Amit Shah from Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.

In Bhind, Ujjwala cylinders are being sold in junk, the stove that was found with the scheme is also lying in the junk between the piles of straw. The beneficiaries of the scheme are lighting the stove by burning cow dung cakes and wood. Do what then. The price of cylinders is around Rs.925 to Rs.1050, which is far from their reach. Beneficiaries are saying that they are not able to fill the cylinders, there are 4-4 children, they work as laborers, from where to get the cylinders filled. At the same time, the drivers supplying the cylinders say that the cylinder has become so expensive, customers are unable to come to pick it up in that affair, because money is not being arranged.

Let us inform that 2 lakh 76 thousand people have gas connections in Bhind district, out of which 1 lakh 33 thousand connections have been found under Ujjwala. The administration says that they have given gas to about 77% of the beneficiaries, the survey is going on for the rest. But they do not tell how many people have returned the connection. In the second phase, about 9 lakh beneficiaries will be given free connections. Free gas connections were given to about 9 crore families across the country. So far 74 lakh people have been given gas connections in Madhya Pradesh.

District Supply Officer Awadhesh Pandey is talking about action as per rules on getting cylinders in junk, although he keeps silence on the question of return of connection, he said that there is no information that cylinders have been sold in junk. Will tell the companies to take directed action. The government does not give concrete figures of connection withdrawal. At the same time, agency operators say that about 70 percent of the beneficiaries are not coming to fill gas again.