The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is open to let the State government schemes become part of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. But, with a caveat that the State schemes will be subsumed under the Ujjwala brand.

Already, Chhattisgarh has decided to be part of the scheme which would mean Ujjwala beneficiaries can get LPG connections at only ₹200.

“If they (state governments) can join the scheme, then I don’t have an issue. However, Ujjwala will remain the branding. It will be open for all but the Ujjwala brand will not be diluted,” Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas told BusinessLine.

Under Ujjwala, the Centre has decided to bear ₹1,600 out of the total cost of ₹3,200 for LPG connections. This scheme is only for the women members of below poverty line families.

In other States, BPL families pay ₹1,600 through an easy monthly instalment scheme. However, according to Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, the State government will bear ₹1,400 of the LPG connection cost, which means BPL families pay only ₹200. Read More