Prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that 10 crore new LPG connections were issued in the last four years. The PM was interacting with the beneficiaries of Ujjwala Yojna as the government's LPG scheme completed two years this month.
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"Till 2014, 13 crore families got LPG connection. This means, for over six decades the figure stood at 13 crore," he said, addressing those who received the benefits of the scheme which aims to provide LPG connections to all the households below the poverty line.
"Ujjwala Yojana has strengthened the lives of the poor and the marginalised," he said, adding that the initiative is playing a central role in social empowerment.
The scheme was launched on May 1, 2016, aiming to provide five crore LPG connections to all the households before 2019. However, earlier this year, the government revised their target to eight crore households.
The scheme was launched to ensure women empowerment in rural areas. The connections are issued in the name of the women who run the households.
The government allocated Rs 8000 crore for the implementation of the scheme.
"After Ujjwala Yojana, it has become really easy for us to cook especially during the month of Ramzan. It gives us more time to pursue other things like stitching," the scheme's beneficiaries from Jammu and Kashmir, said during the interactive session with Modi through the NaMo app.