Ujjwala and Ann Yojana in times of pandemic

PIB/ TMB Report

IMPHAL: Women play the most important role in an Indian household –  more so in periods of crisis. Government is well aware of this reality and is exploring all possible means to help people stay at home. One such means is by giving cooking gas cylinders free of cost under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana to over 8 crore poor families in the country.

Ujjwala Yojana is an initiative that is in line with the dream of the Prime Minister for creating smoke-less village households across the country. It is a big moment in the life of a woman in a BPL-household when shegets an LPG connection. It gives her a big health relief as it helps her lead a smoke-free, less polluted, convenient and healthy life. Moreover, free delivery of cooking fuel reduces the need to earn for it and thus helps the family manage affairs during lockdowns and scarce jobs.

Another scheme which is companion for the people  is the PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana, under which 80 crore poor people are to get 5 kg wheat or rice and 1 kg pulses for free every month for 9 months. The vision is that no poor family should suffer on account of non-availability of foodgrains due to supply disruption or lack of resources in the coming months.

Under this initiative of the central government, the state government has ensured that food grains are distributed efficiently to all the targeted people. This distribution is closely monitored by top officials.

Success stories of both the schemes are narrated by the beneficiaries to our officials In the field.  These testimonials are really heartwarming. For example, Adim from Namlaluang Ward No-2, Tamenglong district Manipur got LPG for free under PMUY. According to her, her family was facing acute shortage of money during lockdown, but after she  got Rs. 891 for Ujjwala Yojana to buy cooking gas some of her problem was solved instantly. She is grateful to the Central Government and State Government’s initiative.

Bekum, a farmer  from Chandel district, expresses his gratitude to the Central Govt and State Govt for distribution of 25 Kgs rice to all his family members and 3 Kg of Dal free  under  PMGKY  during this lockdown period. His family was facing shortage of foodgrains as means of earning livelihood was limited but with 25 kgs of rice provided regularly to his family by the government, there is a feeling of relief and security.

Maya from Churachandpur District expresses her gratitude to the Government for providing ration under PMGKY during this COVID19 lockdown period. She narrated that her family of 3 members is getting 15 kgs of rice every month since the imposition of lockdown.

Another beneficiary has a similar story to tell us. Roma of Leigangching village from Chandel district expresses her gratitude to the Central Govt and State Govt for distribution of 5 Kg rice to each of her family members and 3 Kg of Dal free under PMGKY during this lockdown period. She said this ration has been saviour to her family as she has less to worry and more to save.

The more we speak to the beneficiaries, the more we are convinced that with the cooperation of all citizens, the country will overcome the phenomenal challenge we face today. It is heartwarming to learn that the needs and interests of the most vulnerable are being looked after.

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