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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Ujjwala Yojana brought prosperity for nation: Dharmendra Pradhan

ANI  |  Murshidabad (West Bengal) [India] 

Marking fifty percent completion of the targets of Prime Minister Modi's Ujjwala Yojana, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday said that these are the days of prosperity for the Indian and Indian women that such schemes are being announced.

Pradhan was speaking at an event which saw President distributing LPG connections to (BPL) beneficiaries in his former Constituency Jangipur.

Pradhan, while addressing the audience, said that the was started in 14 months back on May 1, 2016 and was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi.

"These are the days of honour for the and for the poor women that such schemes are being launched in India," he said.

He further added that in India, every year five lakh women die because of lung problems caused due to smoke by traditional mode of creating fire.

"This is equivalent to smoking 400 cigarettes, which has been report by World Health Organization (WHO)," Pradhan said.

He added that to stop that shameful system, the started this scheme.

"Since then there has been a 2.5 crore of collection in Jhangipur and till now Bengal and have the highest connection," he said.

He said that three lakh new connections have also come up in different districts of West Bengal.

Abhijeet Mukherjee, Congress MP from Jangipur, was also present at the occasion. Abhijeet won the Jangipur constituency twice after his father became the president in 2012.

This programme was a part of Prime Minister Modi's mission to provide "clean fuel better life" to all the BPL families.

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala is an ambitious social welfare scheme of Prime Minister Modi-led Government launched on May 1, 2016 from Ballia in

Under this scheme, the government aims to provide LPG connections to BPL households in the country. The scheme is aimed at replacing the unclean cooking fuels mostly used in the rural with the clean and more efficient LPG.

The government has set a target of five crore LPG connections to be distributed to the BPL households across the country under the scheme.

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First Published: Sat, July 15 2017. 20:42 IST