“Domestic LPG Cylinder Prices Reduced by Rs 200, Bringing Relief to Ujjwala Yojana Beneficiaries Who Will Now Save Rs 400 Per Cylinder”
In a welcome move, the cost of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders intended for household consumption has been lowered by Rs 200 per cylinder, as declared by Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Tuesday. This reduction translates to an 18% drop in the price of a standard 14.2-kg cooking gas cylinder.
Anurag Thakur remarked, ‘The prices of LPG gas cylinders designated for domestic use have been decreased by Rs 200 per cylinder, across the board.’
The decline in cooking gas costs arrives amidst the backdrop of surging inflation in the nation. This governmental measure extends its benefits to millions of financially constrained families in India, offering relief in advance of pivotal state elections this year and the general election slated for 2024.
It’s worth noting that the government will incur an additional expense of Rs 4,000 crore to accommodate the augmented subsidy, supplementing the initially allocated Rs 7,600 crore for the ongoing fiscal year.
In Delhi, the price of a 14.2-kg LPG cylinder will now dwindle from Rs 1,103 to Rs 903. In parallel, in Mumbai, the cost of the LPG cylinder, currently set at Rs 1,102.50, will stand at Rs 902.50 starting Wednesday.
Double Advantage for Ujjwala Yojana Recipients
Even as the cost of domestic LPG cylinders experiences a Rs 200 reduction, beneficiaries of the government’s Ujjwala Yojana will gain a larger slash of Rs 400 per cylinder.
This signifies that post additional subsidy, the LPG cylinder cost will be Rs 703 in Delhi and Rs 702.50 in Mumbai for Ujjwala beneficiaries.
Thakur emphasized, ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries already receive a Rs 200 subsidy, but this rate decrease will bring their total savings to Rs 400 per cylinder.’
Thakur’s declaration highlighted the consistent efforts since 2014 by the Prime Minister to champion women’s rights and empowerment. Notably, over 9.6 crore women have reaped the benefits of the government’s PMUY.
PM’s Gift to 75 Lakh Women
Anurag Thakur revealed that 75 lakh new gas connections will be provided free of charge under the PMUY. He stated, ‘In celebration of Onam and the approaching Raksha Bandhan, I’m thrilled to announce the PM’s generous gesture—75 lakh women will receive complimentary gas connections through the Ujjwala Yojana.’
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).”