JAMMU: Terming Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) a key initiative taken by the government of India to empower the women folk of below poverty line (BPL) families by providing them free of cost LPG connections, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister, Kavinder Gupta said that smoke-free kitchen in households will help in maintaining healthy environment, besides protect the health of women and reduce health hazards.
Gupta said this while distributing LPG connections to beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana in Gandhi Nagar constituency here on Sunday.
As many as 42 LPG connections with other related accessories were handed over to the beneficiaries from ST and SC families on the occasion.
Kavinder Gupta said that the state government is fully implementing Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) scheme in letter and spirit “with an aim to make every household smokeless”. “It is a major step to reduce indoor air pollution, drudgery faced by women and one that promises to extend LPG access,” he further said.
Deputy chief minister said that respect for women is the basis of Ujjwala Yojana and it would bring a major change in the lifestyle of women from BPL families.
While lauding Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his keen interest in the development of the state, Kavinder Gupta said that GoI has been providing liberal funding to the state so that various development projects underway were completed in a time bound manner.
He also made people aware about the benefits of other sponsored schemes and urged them to come forward and to avail the benefits from welfare schemes for improving their socio-economic condition.
A deputation of Chhamb Displaced Persons Association led by its president S R Nagial also met with deputy chief minister and apprised him about their demands with regard to disbursement of rehabilitation package for Chhamb displaced persons of 1947, 1965 and 1971.
The deputation informed that in some cases the DPs of 1971 have not been allotted agricultural land and were not able to produce the revenue extract of Jamabandi or Khasra Girdawri which is required as per notifications and check list approved by the revenue department.
They demanded for fresh notification in this regard for exemption of present record of the allotted agricultural land document.
Deputy chief minister assured the deputation for consideration of the matter.