Gujarat to offer PNG/LPG subsidy

• Gujarat is planning to launch the new PNG/LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) Sahay Yojana—an extension to the Ujjwala Yojana.

• The scheme for select urban areas will supplement Ujjwala for BPL-AAY households not covered under Ujjwala to help supply households with clean fuel.

• As per the scheme, the government will pay Rs1,600 as one-time subsidy per connection and Rs1,725 as a loan to customers opting for a new PNG connection. As a result, a beneficiary will have to pay only Rs118 to get a new connection and a refundable security deposit of Rs50 per month for a period of 100 months.

• The pipeline infrastructure and maintenance charges will be borne by city gas distribution companies.

==> Implementation

• Under the scheme, an adult woman member of a below poverty line family identified through the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) is given a deposit-free LPG connection with financial assistance of Rs 1,600 per connection by the Centre.

• Eligible households will be identified in consultation with state governments and Union territories.

• The scheme is being implemented by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

==> Significance of LPG Adoption

• About 75 crore Indians, especially women and girls, are exposed to severe household air pollution (HAP) from the use of solid fuels such as biomass, dung cakes and coal for cooking.

• A report from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare places HAP as the second leading risk factor contributing to India’s disease burden.

• According to the World Health Organization, solid fuel use is responsible for about 13% of all mortality and morbidity in India (measured as Disability-Adjusted Life Years), and causes about 40% of all pulmonary disorders, nearly 30% of cataract incidences, and over 20% each of ischemic heart disease, lung cancer and lower respiratory infection.

==> About the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

• Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana aims to provide LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) connections to poor households.

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