State Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said in Shimla on Monday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had envisaged the Ujjwala scheme during his last term. Under this scheme, free gas connections were made available to women from rural areas, benefiting 1.36 lakh families of the state.
CM said that on the call of the Prime Minister, crores of people of the country voluntarily gave up their LPG subsidy, which benefited the poor families. He said that with a view to providing clean fuel to the poor people of the state, the government decided to start the Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojana. Under this scheme, 2,76,243 families have been provided free gas connections.
Beneficial for both environment and health
Jai Ram Thakur said that this has helped women overcome the side effects of LPG smoke and has also helped in environmental protection. Collecting and cooking wood for the traditional stove was not only painful but it was also adversely affecting the health of women.
He said that the use of LPG has now stopped the felling of the forests because the people of the village used to cut wood from the forest for fuel. Millions of trees were being cut for fuel, which has now stopped using LPG.
CM has appealed to the public to help the government in preventing corona virus infection in the state. He said that the home quarantine people from other states should keep an eye on them, so that quarantine rules are not violated. This will help prevent the spread of infection at the community level.