National Geographic has chronicled stories of the ill-effects of firewood smoke on women and how the government's Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana of free LPG connections has changed their lives and safeguarded them from the health hazards.
The initiative aims to safeguard the health of women and children from the smoke emitted from households using firewood for cooking purposes. According to the government, it is committed to provide 80 million poor households with free LPG connections over the next few years.
The "Winds of Change" chronicles the story of four women, who like others from 67 per cent of the rural households of the country, cook with biomass fuel.
It tells a story of how exposure to the smoke emanating from these bygone ways of cooking has an immediate impact on the environment and affects people across all ages.
The film showcases a narrative of the problems on-ground, reporting stories from across the country -- covering areas from the Kashmir Valley, Assam, Uttar Pradesh to Odisha.
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