Cabinet approves extension of PMGKY for Ujjwala beneficiaries by 3 months

New Delhi: Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the extension of “Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana” for Ujjwala beneficiaries by three months with effect from July 1.
The proposal was moved by the of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for extension of the time limit and the Union Cabinet under chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved this extension.
Under the Scheme, Rs 9709.86 Cr was transferred directly into the bank accounts of Ujjwala beneficiaries during April- June 2020 and 11.97 Crore cylinders were delivered to the PMUY beneficiaries. The scheme went a long way to ameliorate the suffering and disruption caused due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
On review of the scheme, it has been observed that a section of PMUY beneficiaries are yet to utilize the advance credited into their account to purchase the cylinder refill within the scheme period. Hence, the Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to extend the time-limit for availing the advance by three months.
This will benefit those PMUY beneficiaries who have been credited with the advance for buying the cylinder, but have not been able to purchase the refill. Thus, the beneficiaries who already have the advance transferred to their account can now take the free refill delivery till September 30.