Budget 2019: Clean cooking fuel and electricity for all by 2022, assures FM Sitharaman

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New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her maiden Union Budget speech on Friday said the government will ensure access to electricity and clean cooking fuel for all rural households by 2022. Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) scheme launched by the Prime Minister on 25 September 2017 aimed at providing free electricity connections to all households in rural areas and poor families in urban areas. The government had initially targeted March 31, 2019, as the deadline for taking electricity lines to all households. It later announced that the target would be met three months earlier, by 31 December. ALSO READ: Budget 2019: Petrol, diesel prices to rise by Rs 2 per litre as govt increase excise duty and cess The government’s Saubhagya dashboard shows that as of today, the 100 per cent electrification target has been met in all states barring Chhattisgarh — where power penetration currently stands at 99.67 per cent. On the other hand Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was launched in May 2016 to provide subsidised LPG cylinders to women beneficiaries of below poverty line (BPL) families. The scheme achieved most of its connection targets before time and was touted as a resounding success by the government. The government has till date provided more than seven crore LPG connections under PMUY across the country and now intends to ramp up adoption of five kilogram (Kg) LPG cylinder. According to an ETEnergyWorld analysis, Ujjwala scheme found maximum success in Delhi, Goa, Haryana, Uttarakhand, and Puducherry. These are the states with the maximum percentage of beneficiaries who availed at least four cooking gas refills in the period between May 2016 and June 2019. Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Tripura were at the bottom of the list.