PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the second phase of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), Ujjwala 2.0, by handing over LPG connections in Mahoba in Uttar Pradesh.
Following the formal launch of the scheme, the prime minister virtually distributed free gas connections to 10 women.
On behalf of the PM, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath handed over the documents to the beneficiaries.
During Ujjwala 1.0 launched in 2016, a target was set to provide LPG connections to five crore women members of BPL households.
Subsequently, the scheme was expanded in April 2018 to include women beneficiaries from seven more categories such as SC and ST communities and forest dwellers.
Also, the target was revised to eight crore LPG connections. This was achieved in August 2019, seven months ahead of schedule, officials said.
In the Union Budget for 2021-22, provision for an additional one crore LPG connection under the scheme was announced.
These one crore additional 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 free of cost to the beneficiaries. The enrolment procedure will require minimum paperwork and 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, they said.
Ujjwala 2.0 will help achieve the prime minister's vision of universal access to LPG, it said.
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Singh Puri was also present on the occasion.
In his address, Union minister Puri said that the use of wood and coal for cooking has adverse effects on health of women.