LPG price cut by Rs 200 for poor: 'PM's Raksha Bandhan gift to 75 lakh sisters'
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The price of Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders for domestic use has been brought down by Rs 200 per cylinder for all users, announced Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Tuesday. This marks an 18 per cent reduction in the price of a 14.2-kg cooking gas cylinder.
"The prices of the LPG gas cylinders for domestic use have been brought down by Rs 200 per cylinder, for each and every user," Anurag Thakur said.
The reduction in cooking gas prices comes at a time when the country is grappling with high inflation. The government's decision will benefit millions of low-income families in India ahead of crucial state elections this year and the general election in 2024.
It may be noted that the government will have to spend an additional Rs 4,000 crore towards the enhanced subsidy, over and above the Rs 7,600 crore it has budgeted for the ongoing financial year.
In Delhi, the price of 14.2-kg LPG cylinder will now come down from Rs 1,103 to Rs 903. Similarly, in Mumbai, the LPG cylinder which presently costs Rs 1,102.50 will cost Rs 902.50 from Wednesday.
While the price of domestic LPG cylinders has been reduced by Rs 200, beneficiaries of the government's Ujjwala Yojana will now get a reduction of Rs 400 per cylinder.
This means that after the additional subsidy, the price of LPG cylinder will now be Rs 703 in Delhi and Rs 702.50 in Mumbai for Ujjwala beneficiaries.
"Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries are already getting a Rs 200 subsidy, but they will also benefit from the decrease in the rate. That means the rate reduction for the 'Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana' beneficiaries will be Rs 400 per cylinder," Thakur said.
While making the announcement, Thakur said, that since 2014, the Prime Minister has consistently made decisions in support of women and their empowerment and added that 9.6 crore women have benefited under the government's PMUY. “Since 2014, PM Modi has been making decisions in favour of women and their empowerment. Over 9.6 crore women benefit from the Ujjwala Yojana," he said.
Anurag Thakur went on to say that 75 lakh new gas connections will be set up free of cost under PMUY. He said, "On the occasion of Onam and the eve of Raksha Bandhan, I’m happy to announce that the PM has given a big gift to the women and 75 lakh women will get free gas connections under the Ujjwala Yojana, free of cost."
Launched in May 2016, the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) stands as a pivotal social welfare initiative by the government. Its primary goal is to offer clean cooking fuel access to economically disadvantaged women, particularly those dwelling below the poverty threshold.
The Ujjwala Yojana's core objective revolves around replacing traditional cooking techniques reliant on solid fuels such as wood, coal, and biomass with the safer and cleaner option of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).PM's gift to 75 lakh women