Ujjwala Yojana

Running out of gas

Print edition : April 12, 2019

A villager from South 24 Paraganas district in West Bengal using a mud stove to cook as she cannot afford to refill the cylinder she had go through the Ujjwala scheme. Photo: Suhrid Sankar Chattopadhyay

Firewood stockpiled on the roof of Rupachand Baskey’s house in Begut in Bardhaman district. His mother stands beside the stove and cylinder that are now put up for display in front of the house. Photo: Suhrid Sankar Chattopadhyay

Rupchand Baskey’s mother stands beside the stove and cylinder that are now put up for display in front of their house. Photo: Suhrid Sankar Chattopadhyay

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan distributing gas connections under the Prime Minister’s Ujjwala Yojana in April 2017. The scheme is showcased as one of the biggest successes of the Narendra Modi government. Photo: Biswaranjan Rout

The Ujjwala scheme aimed at ameliorating the living standards of rural women has not taken off for want of money in the hands of the poor to get a refill, as exemplified in West Bengal and Odisha.
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