As Bengal ranked second among all states in the number of LPG connections provided to women belonging to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna (PMUY), the contribution of the fuel companies to fulfill the desired target within nine months is commendable.
The PMUY started its journey in Bengal on August 14, 2016 and the target for the state was to achieve 30 lakh connections within one year from the date of the launch. The target was successfully achieved within nine months, Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra, Executive Director, Marketing Division, West Bengal State Office and state level co-ordinator for oil PSUs said.
Bengal was chosen as the coverage of LPG in the state was less than the all India average and thus was identified as a priority state. “We are happy to share that the milestone of 30 lakh PMUY connections in Bengal has been achieved within only nine months Along with other normal connections released during the period, the LPG coverage of the state has improved from 51.5 percent to 66.98 percent, which is a great landmark for the state,” said Mohapatra.