How to Get Free LPG Connection for BPL Families

The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched and was widely accepted, with over 95.1 lakh connections being registered and distributed in 11 states so far. The Yojana was formulated to ensure that no rural or below-poverty-line (BPL) family or individual would have to resort of cooking over wood, charcoal, cow dung, or other unhealthy fuel sources.

Rural households in India have always had limited or no access to modern utilities like LPG, but that’s changing now that a lot of private LPG connection holders who held more than one connection for the sake of convenience have surrendered the extra connections. In addition, the government has made additional LPG cylinders and service infrastructure available. This has freed up a lot of LPG cylinders and equipment which can now be distributed among the rural poor.

Eligibility Criteria for Ujjwala Yojana

In order to be eligible for the discounted or free LPG connections offered by the government, applicants must be:

  • Female, over the age of 18.
  • Registered as a BPL household/family/unit with the respective State Government.
  • Registered and present in the SECC-2011 data (Rural) so as to avoid duplication and mismanagement.
  • Unregistered for an existing LPG connection.

The Yojana has promised to provide financial support to BPL families up to the extent of Rs.1,600 for each BPL household, and up to 5 crore LPG connections have been reserved for this purpose. All these connections will be registered and given to women beneficiaries, as they have been identified as the ones that have to resort to using conventional and dangerous fuel for cooking.

Documents Required to Get a Free or Discounted LPG Cylinder Under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

Given below is a list of documents that can be taken to the LPG distributorship for the purpose of registering and acquiring an LPG cylinder for free or at a discount:

  • BPL Certificate (below poverty line certificate) which has been authorized by the Municipality Chairman or Panchayat Pradhan.
  • BPL Ration Card (below poverty line ration card).
  • Photo ID card which can be either:
  • Proof of address document which can be:
    • Aadhaar card
    • Voter ID card
    • Driving license
    • Passport
    • House registration documents.
  • Passport sized photograph.

There is a form that must be filled out, and this form is available at the LPG distribution centre.

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