Mumbai: The Union minister for petroleum and natural gas and skill development & entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday stated that the government will take a decision to ensure that not a single poor family remains bereft of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.
Mr Pradhan was speaking at a programme in which the success of the scheme was highlighted. Many beneficiaries of the flagship scheme of the government were also present on the occasion.
Mr Pradhan said that according to the World Health Organization, around 15 lakh women die every year due to home emissions, five lakh of which are in India alone. Residential heating and cooking with fuels also causes many diseases in women.
The launch of Ujjwala and provision of LPG connection is changing this and has led to various social and economic benefits to the poor, he said. The number of total LPG connections given has now touched 25 crore, of which 13 crore took place in 2014, said the minister. Out of these, six crore connections have been given under Ujjwala scheme. He added that the scheme was launched with an initial target of five crore connections, which was later raised to 8 crore by the year 2020.