Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Ujjwala 2.0, the second phase of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) at Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh. Along with a deposit-free LPG connection, Ujjwala 2.0 will provide the first refill and a hotplate free of cost for the beneficiaries of the scheme. Also, the enrolment procedure will require minimal paperwork.
Moreover, in Ujjwala 2.0, migrants will not be required to submit ration cards or address proof. A self-declaration for both ‘family declaration’ and ‘proof of address’ will suffice. During Ujjwala 1.0 which was launched in 2016, a target was set to provide LPG connections to five crore women members of BPL households.
Subsequently, the scheme was expanded in April 2018 to include women beneficiaries from seven more categories such as SC and ST communities and forest dwellers. Also, the target was revised to eight crore LPG connections. This was achieved in August 2019, seven months ahead of schedule.
In the Union Budget for 2021-22, provision for an additional one crore LPG connection under the scheme was announced. These one crore additional connections under Ujjwala 2.0 aim to provide deposit-free LPG connections to those low-income families who could not be covered under the earlier phase of PMUY.