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Kitchens across India will soon be smoke-free: Jigajinagi

Mangaluru: Ramesh Jigajinagi, Union minister of state for consuming water and sanitation, stated the central executive beneath the management of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will all the time additional the cause of BPL households by way of ensuring that LPG reaches all people, in order that kitchens across the country are unfastened from smoke pollution.

He was addressing a mass conference of the Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) beneficiaries and distribution of LPG connections to beneficiaries beneath the Extended Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojana 2 (EPMUY2) at BC Road in Bantwal on Friday. The ministry of petroleum and herbal fuel introduced the PMUY for which the budgetary provision of Rs 12,800 crore has been provided for the distribution of 5 crore LPG connections to girls members of BPL households by way of March 2019, and additional three crore connections by way of March 2020. The business has crossed the 5 crore mark in August 2018, which was eight months ahead of agenda, he stated.

“PMUY is a revolution which has got rid of smoke from the kitchens of the poor households within the country, by way of providing them accessibility to scrub cooking gasoline, and making it one of the most greatest social inclusion tasks ever. Last 12 months, the PMUY coverage was enhanced and seven new classes have been added. In order to give a universal succeed in of clean cooking LPG within the country, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by way of Prime Minister Narendra Modi not too long ago has given a contemporary decision to release deposit-free LPG connections to poor households, who were not within the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) record or the ones not beneath seven classes of EPMUY,” he stated.

Prahlad V Joshi, chairman, Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas, highlighting the have an effect on of the scheme in Karnataka, instructed stakeholders to position all efforts to make Karnataka the first kerosene-free state within the country. A complete 6.07 crore connections are released by way of oil firms on an all-India foundation beneath the scheme, and greater than 19 lakh connections are released in Karnataka. The nationwide LPG coverage, which was not up to 62% as on April 1, 2016, has progressed to 89.five% as on April 24, 2019 and in Karnataka, it rose from 68.four% in 2014 to 98% till date, he stated.

Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel stated while Belthangady taluk shall be smoke-free inside of 10 days, the entire district will reach the objective inside of a month.

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