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UJJWALA 2.0

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  • August 9, 2021
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UJJWALA 2.0

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III- Economy

In news: PM Modi will launch Ujjwala 2.0 (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana – PMUY) by handing over LPG connections, at Mahoba Uttar Pradesh on 10th August, 2021.

The journey from Ujjwala 1.0 to Ujjwala 2.0

Ujjwala 1.0 

  • It is implemented by Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
  • Ujjwala 1.0 was launched in 2016, during which a target was set to provide deposit-free LPG connections to 5 crore women members of BPL households. 
  • Subsequently, the scheme was expanded in April 2018 to include women beneficiaries from seven more categories (SC/ST, PMAY, AAY, most backward classes, tea garden, forest dwellers etc). 
  • EMI facilities will be given for stove and refill cost (Interest-free loan).
  • The scheme is complementary to the Prime Minister’s ‘Give It Up Campaign’ through which a huge number of middle-class families have voluntarily surrendered their cooking gas subsidy.
  • The target was revised to 8 Crore LPG connections and this target was achieved in August 2019, seven months ahead of the target date. 

Ujjwala 2.0

  • In the Union budget for FY 21-22, provision for an additional one crore LPG connection under the PMUY scheme was announced. 
  • This one crore additional PMUY connections (under Ujjwala 2.0) aim to provide deposit-free LPG connections to those low-income families who could not be covered under the earlier phase of PMUY.
  • Along with a deposit free LPG connection, Ujjwala 2.0 will provide first refill and hotplate (stove) free of cost to the beneficiaries. 
  • Also, the enrolment procedure will require minimum paperwork. 
  • In Ujjwala 2.0, migrants will not be required to submit ration cards or address proof. 
  • A self-declaration for both ‘family declaration’ and as a ‘proof of address’ will suffice. Ujjwala 2.0 will help achieve the Prime Minister’s vision of universal access to LPG.

News Source: PIB

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