The government has plans to make poor women happy by gifting clean cooking fuel. The new scheme called Ujjwala Plus will allow individuals to donate cooking gas connections to poor households. Individuals who engage themselves can benefit the tax benefits under Section 80G of tax norms.
Individuals who wish to donate will be able to do by paying the cost of the number of Ujjwala LPG (cooking gas supplied in cylinders) connections they want to sponsor to a non-profit company floated by the oil ministry. Each gas connection costs Rs 1,600 towards the administrative cost, pressure regulator booklet and safety hose.
The government’s Ujjwala Plus that is scheduled for release before Diwali will be preceded by a ‘LPG Panchayat’ scheme by the government. There are about 22.5 crore LPG consumers in the country and that the government has plans to raise this coverage.
The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched on 1 May, 2017 with the aim of providing free LPG connection to five crore poor households in three years. The government works with the state-run fuel retailers to provide the free LPG gas connection to poor households where the state-run fuel retailers provide free connections to poor households.
However, in the first year, the welfare scheme crossed the target of 1.5 crore households in just eight months, with total coverage currently at nearly 3 crore households. The new scheme named ‘Ujjwala Plus’ that will come into force this Diwali takes Ujjwala to the next level by giving a government welfare scheme the visage of a people’s movement.