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DC Sgr chairs meeting of DUC for release of PMUY connections for uncovered families

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SRINAGAR: A meeting of the District Ujjwala Committee (DUC) for the release of PMUY connections for uncovered families was today held under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad here at Conference Hall of the DC Office Complex to assess the status of PMUY applications and dissemination of scheme details.

Besides, the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Syed Ahmad Kataria, the meeting was attended by the General Manager of DIC, Chief Planning Officer, Assistant Directors of FCS&CA, DNO/Chief Manager HPCL, Senior Manager IOCL, Senior Manager, Bharat Petroleum and others concerned.

At the outset, the DC was given a comprehensive overview of the current PMUY application seeding process along with the robust checks and balances, and rigorous deduplication measures implemented to prevent the issuance of multiple connections to the same applicant/Household.

On this occasion, the Deputy Commissioner/Chairman District Ujjwala Committee asked the OMCs to release the connections based on the prescribed guidelines. He also stressed that the District Ujjwala Committee(DUC) will periodically review the process and examine sample-cleared KYCs on a random basis whenever deemed necessary.

The DC also asked for assessing the status of pending applications and their disposal within the district at regular intervals to ensure all eligible beneficiaries of Srinagar District are covered under the scheme.

The DC also emphasised on publicizing the benefits of the Ujjwala scheme at all ration stores, LPG sale counters and in local print and electronic Media for the awareness of the target population.

During the meeting, it was given out that as many as 97000 connections have been provided in the Srinagar District under the Ujjwala scheme.

Pertinent to mention that Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was launched by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MOPNG) in May 2016 with an aim to provide free LPG connections to low-income families across the country. This flagship program was to supply rural and poor homes with clean cooking fuel, primarily LPG.

Under Ujjwalla 2.0, an adult woman belonging to a poor household and not having an LPG connection in her household will be eligible.

Now, the government has approved the extension of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) to provide 7.5 million free liquefied petroleum gas (cooking gas) connections up to March 31, 2026.

Under the scheme, beneficiaries will receive a deposit-free gas connection, including one stove and the first 14.2kg cylinder free of cost, he said. One such connection would cost ₹2,200 to the exchequer, a cost which will be initially borne by state-run oil marketing companies, with the government reimbursing them later.

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