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Meeting of District Ujjwala Committee (DUC) constituted under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY)

A meeting of the District Ujjwala Committee (DUC) constituted under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was held today under the Chairmanship of the Sh. Vinay Pratap Singh, IAS, Deputy Commissioner,Chandigarh (U.T) at Conference Hall, D.C Office, Sector-17, Chandigarh to assess the status of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) applications and dissemination of scheme details.Besides, the D.C Chandigarh, meeting was attended by DF&SO, Chandigarh, District Nodal Officer/AM(LPG-Sales)IOCL, Assistant Sales Manager HPCL, Chief Marketing Manager BPCL and other concerned. At the outset, the DC was given a comprehensive overview of the current PMUY application seeding process along with the robust checks and balances, rigorous deduplication measures implemented to prevent the issuance of multiple connections to the same applicant/Household. On the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner/Chairman District Ujjwala Committee asked the OMCs to release the connections based on the prescribed guidelines. He also stressed that the District Ujjwala Committee(DUC) will periodically review the process and examine sample cleared KYCs on a random basis whenever deemed necessary.The DC also asked for assessing the status of pending applications and their disposal within the district at regular intervals to ensure all eligible beneficiaries of Chandigarh District are covered under the scheme. The DC also emphasised on publicizing the benefits of the Ujjwala scheme at all ration stores, LPG sale counters and in local print and electronic Media for the awareness of the target population. Pertinent to mention that Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was launched by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MOPNG) in May 2016 with an aim to provide free LPG connections to low-income families across the country. This flagship program was to supply rural and poor homes with clean cooking fuel, primarily LPG.Under PMUY 2.0, an adult woman belonging to a poor household and not having LPG connection in her household, will be eligible.

Now, the government has approved extension of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) to provide 7.5 million free liquefied petroleum gas (cooking gas) connections up to March 31, 2026.Under the scheme, beneficiaries will receive a deposit-free gas connection, including one stove and the first 14.2kg cylinder free of cost, he said. One such connection would cost Rs. 2,200 to the exchequer, a cost which will be initially borne by State-run oil marketing companies, with the government reimbursing them later. PMUY beneficiaries receive an additional subsidy of Rs.300 per LPG Refill which makes it affordable for the poor and needy households.

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