Bhubaneswa : Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan today said that about 7 crore poor women have got LPG connection under the Ujjwala Yojana. Out of this 40 lakh gas connections are given in Odisha.
He said this while addressing more than 10,000 UjjwalaDidis at Railway Sports Complex Ground, Mancheswar, Bhubaneswar today. The UjjwalaDidis will act as grass root energy ambassadors all over Odisha. All these Didis were assembled today for a half day session on all aspects of the rural energy ecosystem.
Ujjwala was launched on 1st May’2016 by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, around 7crores LPG connections have been given countrywide to the economically poorer sections of the society by now.Odisha has seen phenomenal growth in LPG households – from 20 lakh in June’2014 to almost 78 lakh in February’2019. PMUY has contributed to this growth almost singlehandedly. PMUY was launched in Odisha on June 20th, 2016 at Sambalpur. In it’s little over 2 and half years implementation in the state of Odisha, 39 lakh PMUY connections have been given, which accounts for 50% of the total LPG consumers. The overall LPG penetration in Odisha has gone up to 73% from a meager 20% in June’2014.