PM Modi launches Ujjwala scheme 2.0, says ‘Yojana benefitted women’s lives in unprecedented way’
CM Yogi Adityanath handed over 10 LPG connections to women in Mahoba to mark the start of the programme.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched the second phase of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), referred to as Ujjwala 2.0 virtually from Mahoba in Uttar Pradesh.
The Prime Minister distributed free gas connections to 10 women virtually, after the formal launch. A total of 1,000 women got the Ujjwala Yojana benefit during the video conferencing event.
During the event, the Prime Minister also interacted with beneficiaries of the Ujjwala.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath thanked the PM for selecting UP for the second phase of the scheme. He said that the LPG connection numbers within the state have increased to three .25 crore households. consistent with a UP government spokesperson, within the first phase of the scheme, 1,47,43,862 LPG connections were made available to the poor families of the state. Those families who were overlooked within the first phase of the Ujjwala scheme are going to be benefited within the second phase, he said.
“Ujjwala Yojana benefitted women’s lives in an unprecedented way," PM Modi said, mentioning names of some prominent personalities related to Mahoba.
“Our daughters will be able to come out of the house and kitchen and contribute extensively in nation building only when the problems related to home and kitchen are solved first. Therefore, in the last 6-7 years, every such solution has been worked on a mission mode,” the PM added.
Also, he made a specific mention of another prominent personality from the region, Major Dhyan Chand, recalling the choice to rename the country's highest sporting award after the hockey legend. PM Modi also hailed performances of India's men and ladies’ hockey teams within the recently concluded Olympics in Tokyo.
Besides PM Modi, UP CM Adityanath, too, addressed the gathering. Union petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Uttar Pradesh deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma were among those that attended the ceremony.
On the occasion of World Biofuel Day which is celebrated today, CM Yogi Adityanath and Minister Hardeep Singh Puri will inaugurate the Biofuel Exhibition organized at the tract of the Police Lines in Mahoba district.
Ujjwala 1.0 was launched on May Day, 2016, by PM Modi in Ballia, also in Uttar Pradesh. The primary phase was completed in August 2019, seven months before the March 2020 deadline.
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