UP now has largest number of LPG consumers in India

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh now has the largest number of LPG consumers among all the states in the country even as the state government is targeting to provide free gas connections to 20 lakh more beneficiaries under Ujjwala 2.0, a spokesperson said on Monday.
According to the planning department, the number of LPG consumers with subsidised connections in the state has gone up to 4,26,33,197. Out of these, 4,07,10,440 consumers (95.49%) have been linked to the digitised database.
“No other state in the country has such a high percentage of LPG consumers with subsidy connections linked to digitized database,” the state government spokesperson said.
“In 2014, UP had just 1.67 crore LPG consumers. As per planning department data, this number has increased to 4.26 crore in August 2021. Not only have the connections increased, even the LPG coverage area has grown,” the spokesperson added.
“Even during Covid-19 crisis, the government provided gas connections to the poor and needy. Just this year, from February to August, the government linked 4.10 lakh beneficiaries with Ujjwala Yojana,” he said, adding that the state government aims to provide gas connections to 20 lakh more people under Ujjwala 2.0 scheme.
“Till five years ago, people faced a lot of difficulties in getting an LPG connection and cylinders refilled. The situation has changed drastically, and the government is itself identifying beneficiaries for giving free LPG connections,” he said.
Now, 18.34% of the total Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries in the country are from UP, the spokesperson added.
In the second phase of Ujjwala Yojana, a campaign has been launched in 10 districts — Sonbhadra, Banda, Mahoba, Chitrakoot, Rae Bareli, Hardoi, Badaun, Amethi, Fatehpur and Farrukhabad — to provide gas connections to the beneficiaries and link them with digital database.

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