Aadhaar card now a must for poor women to get free LPG connection

The ministry has asked state-owned fuel retailing firms to facilitate enrolment of beneficiaries for biometric identification number, Aadhaar.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: March 8, 2017 2:55 pm
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The government has made having an Aadhaar card must for poor women to avail of free cooking gas (LPG) connection under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. While the government in October last year had made the unique identification number mandatory for everyone to get LPG subsidies, it has now extended the same for free cooking gas connections to women of BPL households.

The government had last year launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to provide 5 crore poor women with free LPG connections in three years with a view to providing clean cooking fuel.

“Individual beneficiary desirous of availing the benefits under the scheme (PMUY) is hereby required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication,” said a gazette notification issued by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

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Those below poverty line (BPL) women looking to avail free LPG connection but do not have the Aadhaar number, have been asked to apply for it by May 31.

Once enrolled for Aadhaar, the beneficiary can apply for free LPG connection by providing the enrolment ID slip or a copy of such a request.

Such application will have to be accompanied by one of the government identification documents like bank passbook with photograph, election voter ID, ration card, permanent account number (PAN), passport, driving licence, kisan photo passbook or a certificate of identity having a photo issued by a gazetted officer on an official letterhead, it said.

The ministry has asked state-owned fuel retailing firms to facilitate enrolment of beneficiaries for biometric identification number, Aadhaar.

In October last year, the government had made Aadhaar mandatory for availing of cooking gas (LPG) subsidies.

The government currently gives 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each at subsidised rates per household in a year. The subsidy on every cylinder is transfered in advance directly into bank accounts of individuals, who then buy the cooking fuel at market rates.

The ministry notification issued on March 6 stated that the use of Aadhaar as identity document for delivery of services or benefits or subsidies simplifies the government delivery processes, brings in transparency and efficiency, and enables beneficiaries to get their entitlements directly to them in a convenient and seamless manner.

“Aadhaar obviates the need for producing multiple documents to prove one’s identity,” it said.

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  1. P
    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:22 pm
    In kashmir the dealers of lpg are giving an empty cylinder , regulator and pipe , they said this is the new scheme and also we have to paid 1800 rs. For those things ,
    1. V
      Mar 9, 2017 at 12:43 am
      Very deceiving le for good policy to bring transperancy to the program to avoid corruption... All it says is to link the adhar no and if not having one apply for the same.. isn't may 31 enough time...?
      1. A
        Mar 8, 2017 at 4:38 pm
        Vijay Mallya ka aadhaar...Modi sarkar.
        1. A
          Mar 8, 2017 at 5:41 pm
          I think pm Modi is doing the right thing to make adhar mandatory for every subsidy . Otherwise the middle man and politicians will eat away the benefits intended for poor. Some s will oppose everything he does ! That is not right!
          1. J
            Mar 8, 2017 at 5:19 pm
            Government should reach to each and every poor women at their door step and should deliver aadhar immediately.
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