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Government approves targeted subsidy of Rs 300 to PMUY consumers

Utkarsh Classes Last Updated 09-03-2024
Government approves targeted subsidy of Rs 300 to PMUY consumers Government Scheme 5 min read

The Union Cabinet on March 7, 2024 has extended the subsidy to the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) till the financial year 2024-25. Approval has been given to continue the targeted subsidy of Rs 300 per 14.2 kg cylinder to be provided for up to 12 refills for a year. There are more than 10.27 crore PMUY beneficiaries as of March 1, 2024.

  • PM Modi has announced a discount of Rs 100 per cylinder in the country on the occasion of International Women's Day on 8 March 2024.

Total upcoming PMUY expenditure for 2024-25:

  • The total expenditure for the fiscal year 2024-25 will amount to Rs 12,000 crore. The subsidy is deposited directly into the bank accounts of eligible beneficiaries.

About Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY): 

  • PMUY Start: May 2016
  • The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas had launched 'PM Ujjwala Yojana' as a flagship scheme.
  • This scheme entails the Government of India providing LPG connections.
  • LPG connections are given only to women belonging to families below the poverty line.
  • Initially, under the scheme, the Government of India set a target of providing free LPG connections to 5 crore BPL families in the next 3 years. In which a target was set to provide LPG connections to about 1.5 crore BPL families every financial year.

Objective of PMUY:

  • The main objective of the Ujjwala scheme is to promote the use of clean fuel across India which can be accomplished by distributing free LPG connections.
  • One of the objectives of implementing the scheme is to promote women empowerment. Women's health can also be protected.
  • Reducing the use of unclean fossil fuels currently in use.
  • Empowering women and protecting their health.
  • To reduce the number of deaths due to impure fuel used for cooking in India.
  • Protecting young children from serious respiratory illnesses caused by indoor air pollution from burning fossil fuels.

About Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG):

  • Any of several liquid mixtures of LPG, the volatile hydrocarbons propane, and butane. As early as 1860, it was utilized as a portable fuel source, and its production and consumption have since expanded for both domestic and industrial purposes. A standard commercial mixture may include ethane and ethylene, along with a volatile mercaptan, an odorant added for safety measures.
  • LPG, which is made from lighter hydrocarbons, such as propane and other hydrocarbons including butane. These gasses are pressurized with high pressure.
  • LPG is produced during oil refining or natural gas extraction.
  • In case of any type of leakage, the gas can be detected, for this a special type of substance mercaptan is added to the gas cylinder. Due to which we get the foul smell of gas leakage.
  • LPG is recovered from "wet" natural gas (gas containing condensed heavy petroleum compounds) by absorption.

India's dependence on LPG imports:

  • India imports about 60 percent of its LPG requirement. PMUY provides subsidy to protect the beneficiaries from the impact of sharp fluctuations in international prices of LPG.


Answer: One year (Subsidy has been extended till financial year 2024-25.)

Answer: Rs 300 per 14.2 kg cylinder (up to 12 refills)

Answer: There are more than 10.27 crore PMUY beneficiaries as of March 1, 2024.

Answer: May 2016
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