In May 2016, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MOPNG), introduced the ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’ (PMUY) as a flagship scheme with an objective to make clean cooking fuel such as LPG available to the rural and deprived households which were otherwise using traditional cooking fuels such as firewood, coal, cow-dung cakes etc. Usage of traditional cooking fuels had detrimental impacts on the health of rural women as well as on the environment.
The scheme was launched on 1st May 2016 in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi.
The target under the scheme was to release 8 Crore LPG Connections to the deprived households by March 2020.
On 7th September 2019, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India handed over the 8th Crore LPG connection in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
Ujjwala 2.0: Additional allocation of 1.6 Crore LPG Connections under PMUY scheme with special facility to migrant households. Target number of connections under Ujjwala 2.0 was achieved during Dec’22, thus taking overall connections under the scheme to 9.6 Crore.
Government of India has approved release of additional 75 lakh connections under PMUY Scheme, taking overall target under the scheme to 10.35 Crore, against which connections are getting released now.