The Centre has cut the prices of cooking gas by ₹200 per cylinder for all domestic consumers during the Union cabinet meeting on Tuesday. The cabinet has approved an additional subsidy under the Ujjwala scheme.
The additional subsidy is ₹200. Now subsidy will be ₹400 per cylinder for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) beneficiaries. At present, 14.2-kg LPG cylinder costs ₹1,103 in New Delhi. It will cost ₹903 from Wednesday.
In the same way, the price will be ₹703 for Ujjwala beneficiaries after considering the continuing ₹200 per cylinder subsidy. “PM Modi has decided ₹200 reduction in the price of domestic LPG cylinders, for all users...this is a gift from PM Narendra Modi, to the women of the country, during the occasion of Raksha Bandhan and Onam,” said Union Minister Anurag Thakur.
In 2014, when we first came to power, only 14.5 crore citizens had domestic LPG connections, Thakur said.
“Today that number has increased to 33 crore, in which 9.6 crore have been distributed under the Ujjwala scheme,” he added. Addressing the cabinet briefing, Thakur also informed that on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan and Onam, the government has decided to provide free gas connection to 75 lakh women under the Ujjwala scheme.
Under the initiative, these women will get the gas burner, first cooking gas cylinder, and pipe for free, Thakur added. After 75 lakh women get their gas connections, the total beneficiaries of the Ujjwala scheme would then sum up to 10. 35 crore.