Union minister of state for petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday announced that every BPL family in Punjab will get free LPG connection by December 31 under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) scheme.
He was addressing a gathering at a function organised at Kairon in Tarn Taran district to launch the scheme.
Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment and state BJP chief Vijay Sampla, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and food and civil supplies minister Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon were also present on the occasion.
Pradhan said more than five crore BPL families would be provided free LPG connections across the country in next three months.
“When every household will have an LPG connection, our environment would get clean as there would be no emission of smoke/gases from traditional chullahs,” he said.
Sukhbir said free LPG connections and steel chullas would be provided to all seven lakh BPL households in Punjab, who have no domestic gas connections.
He said the scheme would ensure smoke-free kitchen in each each household, saving women from health hazards associated with the use of traditional fuels.
10 BIOFUEL UNITS TO COME UP IN PUNJAB
Union minister of state for petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday announced that ten projects would be set up in Punjab to produce biofuel from crop stubble.
Addressing a gathering after launching the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Jalandhar, Pradhan said the Centre and the state government would soon sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard.
Expressing concern over the pollution caused by stubble burning in Punjab, he said the first such project would be set up at Bathinda at a cost of Rs 500 crore, where ethanol would be produced using agricultural residue.
Speaking at a similar function at Kairon in Tarn Taran later, the minister said another ethanol project would be set up at Patti.
He said these ethanol units would reduce the country’s dependence on Arabian and Central Asian countries for fuel requirement.
“Punjab produces more than 50 lakh-tonne crop stubble in a season, which would be used as a raw material for ethanol fuel units. Around 500 tonnes of paddy straw can earn farmers up to Rs 30 crore per year by producing ethanol. Hence, these units will not only reduce pollution, but also increase the income of farmers,” he added.
Talking to mediapersons, Sukhbir said these fuel projects would give a big boost to the economy of the state as farmers of Punjab would get an additional income of Rs 4,000 crore from crop stubble.