Belgaum | Ujwala Scheme | 15,000 families in Belagavi to get free LPG Connections


Published: 10/07/2017



Under the Union government’s Ujjwala scheme, around 35,000 poor families in Belagavi district will get free cooking gas connections. This includes 15,000 families in Belagavi Lok Sabha constituency.

Suresh Angadi, MP, announced this during the launch of the scheme to give away LPG gas cylinders and stoves to poor families in Belagavi on Sunday.

Mr. Angadi said the scheme would help poor women in many ways. “It is said that a woman who works in a wood-fired kitchen consumes as much smoke as someone who smokes 400 cigarettes. Shifting to cooking gas will help them take care of their health,” he said.

He announced that victims of fatal accidents in the kitchen were entitled to compensation of over Rs. 30 lakh, in case of cylinder explosions. Mr. Angadi also urged people not to get lazy because the government was giving away free rice.

“I visited South Korea recently and was amazed to see how developed it was. I was told that just 30 years ago, it was poorer than India. But now, it commands the hardware market and produces popular mobile handsets and other gadgets. That is because they are hardworking. We lack the culture of hard work,” he said.

Rajya sabha member Prabhakar Kore said that around 35,000 families were getting connections in Belagavi district, that constitutes Belagavi and Chikkodi Lok Sabha constituencies this year.

This includes 15,000 in Belagavi city alone. 

“Other poor families in the district will get allocations on coming years,” he said.

He remarked that owning a LPG connection was a matter of luxury till now and the poor could not dream of it.

“In my earlier days as a Rajya Sabha member, one of the most important tasks that I faced was to help common people get LPG connection,” he said.

Mahantesh Kavatagimath, MLC, and BJP leader Ashok Pujari urged the MP to conduct a resurvey of families without cooking gas as the 2011 survey had some errors and names of several of genuine beneficiaries had been left out of the list.

All families without cooking gas should get them, they said.

Ministry of Petroleum and LPG gas distribution agencies had organised the event.

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Source :TH