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Centre okays state co-sponsorship of Ujjwala Scheme: Khader

The union government has agreed to let the state co-sponsor the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, under which BPL (Below Poverty Line) families will be provided with LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) connection, said U.T. Khader, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies.

Mr. Khader told reporters here on Sunday that the state would provide gas stoves to beneficiaries of the Ujjwala scheme, a proposal which the union government has now consented.

He said six months ago the state government had sent a proposal to the centre asking for co-sponsorship of the scheme. “When the centre declined co-sponsorship proposal, the state government announced the Anila Bhagya scheme (meant to provide LPG connection to all BPL families).”

 But now, the centre has given its consent come forward for co-sponsorship. “We received the communication this morning. We will place the same before Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.”

Mr. Khader said there were as many as 1.31 crore BPL families. The Ujjwala scheme, which was launched in Karnataka on June 16, covered only 2.5 lakh BPL families that figured in the 2011 Socio Economic Caste Census. There were about 21 lakh BPL families, who do not have LPG connection, he added.

He also said the state government was finalising the software to be used for implementation of the Anila Bhagya scheme. Those opting for the Ujjwala Scheme will not be considered under the Anila Bhagya scheme, he added.

Source : The Hindu

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