Free LPG cylinders for Ujjwala beneficiaries for three months, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

Economic stimulus: Free LPG cylinders for Ujjwala beneficiaries for three months New Delhi: In a bid to ease the burden on poor amid a nation-wide lock down Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today announced a Rs 1.70 lakh crore relief package under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana.

“Under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana, gas cylinders, free of cost, would be provided to 8 crore poor families for the next three months,” the finance ministry said in a statement.

Commenting on the development, a senior executive from an Oil Marketing Company said that marketing guidelines have not been provided post the announcement and it is still not clear whether consumers will be able to lift more than one LPG cylinder in a month. He added that information regarding the number of refills a consumer can avail will be clearer later tonight.

Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan in a statement said: “Measures such as cash transfers, insurance cover, ensuring food security and the decision to provide free LPG cylinders for 3 months to all the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana will give relief to millions of poor and will ensure no one in the country goes hungry.”

The relief package announced today by the Finance Minister included a slew of measures, including insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh per worker fighting Covid-19 outbreak, 80 crore poor people to get 5 Kg wheat or rice and 1 Kg of preferred pulses free for three months.

Other measures included providing 20 crore Jan Dhan account holders, primarily women with Rs 500 per month for the next three months, an ex-gratia of Rs 1,000 to 3 crore poor senior citizen, poor widows and poor disabled.

The government is also looking at front-loading Rs 2,000 to farmers in the first week of April under existing PM Kisan Yojana, benefitting around 8.7 crore families.

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