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Study links Ujjwala limits to gender dynamics, not inflation

The study on social welfare schemes is part of a series of books that the National Book Trust, under the Union Ministry of Education, is in the process of publishing

One option is to make gas cylinders free for the PMUY beneficiaries, as was done during the first Covid wave. This benefits over 80 million households.

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Archis Mohan New Delhi

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A study of the Narendra Modi government’s social welfare schemes has asserted that beneficiaries of its Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) opted out of subsequent refills of subsidised cooking gas cylinders due to gender dynamics and the easy availability of traditional alternatives, rather than inflation.

A discussion paper in the larger analysis of the nine years of Garib Kalyan recommended designing effective policy strategies that not only aim to incorporate women as beneficiaries of schemes but also address gender dynamics to promote equal decision-making powers.

It suggested “enhancing women’s position and changing prevalent patriarchal power dynamics” to facilitate the transition

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First Published: Aug 21 2023 | 9:55 PM IST

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