New Delhi: The Cabinet has approved the Pradhan Mantri Ujwala Yojna on Thursday. Under the scheme, the government will spend Rs 8000 crore to provide LPG connections to rural households, the government said.
On Wednesday, the government said that over 80 lakh people have voluntarily given up LPG subsidy.
Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan told the Rajya Sabha that as part of ‘GiveItUp’ campaign that the ministry initiated, over 80, lakh consumers gave up their LPG connection subsidy with 53 lakh giving up in the past six months alone.
Many in corporate India, too, joined the campaign and urged their employees to give up on LPG subsidy. The ministry said that the oil marketing companies have been targeting people with over Rs 10 lakh income to give up the subsidies.
The ministry said, “For top 10 metros of the country, where most of the high income tax payers are likely to be residing, a suitable question has been built in the IVRS/SMS platforms for ascertaining the income status of the LPG consumers. During telephonic calls also for refills, this is being done. Consumer applying for new connection is also required to make declaration of his or his/her spouse of taxable income exceeding Rs. 10 lakh during the previous financial year computed as per Income Tax Act, 1961.”