The BJP’s flagship PMUY scheme has increased the number of gas connections
The lack of consistent LPG usage in rural India, however, remains a concern
MUMBAI : In India, cooking, a very basic activity for human sustenance, can be fraught with danger. In 2016, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimated that nearly 800,000 Indians lost their lives prematurely because of hazardous fuels such as wood and coal used in cooking. For more than 40 years, the Indian government’s main response has been to encourage the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), a healthier but more expensive fuel, through a significant subsidy. To this subsidy, in 2016, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA added a new initiative—the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), which provides a free LPG connection to poor households.
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