April 20, 2018 is celebrated as “Ujjwala Diwas” Pan India under the the aegis of “Gram Swaraj Abhiyan” from 14th April – 5th May 2018. Ujjwala Diwas, as a part of the “Gram Swaraj Abhiyan” observed on 20th Apr’18 under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) through its PSU Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) with an intention to promote amongst the rural consumers, the safe and sustained use of LPG through peer group interactions on a large scale and to enhanced target of enrolling 8 crore LPG beneficiaries and connections.
‘Kuch Seekhein, Kuch Sikhayein’ learning through peer group interaction and experience sharing of benefits, safety aspects of using LPG gas.
15000 LPG Panchayats on the Ujjwala Diwas are being observed on April 20, 2018
The following activities of the Ujjwala Diwas celebrations are, sensitising the Ujjwala beneficiaries about safety and utility of LPG, health benefits of using clean fuels, distribution of new connections to beneficiaries, explain the details of Expanded PMUY categories getting covered and collection of KYC forms for expanded categories of Ujjwala.
As on date more than 3.5 crore (Pan India) and 23.5 lakhs (in Odisha) LPG connections under PMUY (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana) given to BPL families. More than 70,000 additional connections distributed in 667 LPG Panchayats in Odisha on a single day of Ujjwala Diwas. More than 3.3 lakh women joined the LPG panchayat program all over Odisha. The LPG penetration in 2014 was 20% and in 2018 it is increased to 57.5 %. Thus the increase in LPG penetration is more than 37% with 200% growth in active customer strength in Odisha till date from June’2014. Women who have experienced the benefits of cooking with LPG now boosted the confidence of other women about adopting this clean, green cooking fuel safely and without any reservations or misconceptions.
Sharing of experiences by actual users on how to use LPG safely, as well as spread the message of its multiple benefits, like health, environment and empowerment of women and learning through peer group interaction is thus the main aim of LPG Panchayats.