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Fixing Ujjwala: More Than 100 Women Get Cooking Gas

Be part of the change. Like and share the videos. Subscribe to our YouTube channel. “5 crores families will get gas connection” “This is our huge campaign” Prime Minister announced on 1st May 2016, an ambitious scheme- Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala scheme. Under this scheme, 5 crores BPL families were to receive LPG connections. The idea was to reduce the use of wood, coal and dung cakes for cooking. Because they produce a lot of smoke while burning and, is very harmful, especially for small children and women. Only women are entitled to get a gas connection under this scheme, to make them more empowered. Even though the idea and thought behind this scheme was good, it failed on implementation level, like many other schemes in the country. In this episode our heroes are fixing this scheme. Below Poverty Line (BPL) means, that if you live in a rural area and your daily income is Rs. 32 or less, then you will come under the BPL category. But if you earn a Rupee more than Rs. 32, then you cannot come under BPL category. How justified this is, is a discussion for some other time. Today we will see how Krupakar, Shambhu and Sita, helped more than 100 families get benefits of the Ujjwala scheme. Tulsa and Ranjubai, along with 40 other families of Mangli, Maharashtra, received their first cylinder after the scheme was launched. But they never got a refill after the 1st cylinder was over. In Mangli village of Maharashtra, under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala scheme, 40 families received gas cylinders. But after they got over, the gas agencies refused to refill them. I made a video on the issue. And in Rajasthan’s Godwa village, 45 families did not receive any gas connections, for 2 years after the scheme was launched. “Majority of women here belong to tribal community.” They still use ‘chulha’s’ for cooking food. In Bihar, 100 families were devoid of this scheme. “The village head says we are not entitled for gas connection, because our name is not registered in ration card” “But we all have our names in the ration cards” “We want gas connection” The lack of proper implementation made them go back to using wood, coal etc for cooking. Krupakar, Shambhu and Sita, along with their communities, went to the government officials showed the videos as evidence of poor implementation of the scheme. Complaint forms were filed and those who have not applied for their gas connection were submitted. When the government officials were informed about the issues, they were compassionate and very supportive in solving the issue. “I am very happy today as I was able to help 40 families get their gas cylinders refilled” “Since last 2 years, women here were facing a lot of problems, but now they won’t have to cook food on ‘chulah’ and their happiness gives me motivation to keep working for them. “I am Sita Kumari from Bihar” “I am Shambhulal from Rajasthan” “I am Krupakar Chahande from Maharashtra, for IndiaUnheard” The government schemes may have the best interest for the people in need, but there poor implementation is what fails them. And people like you and us, need to take responsibility to make sure they are implemented properly. It’s equally important that the government officials also help us in every possible way to resolve these issues. Krupakar, Shambhu and Sita were able to help more than 100 families in their community get gas cylinders and connections, with the help from government officers. If you think that what you can do to make our country better, do take inspiration from our heroes, our community correspondents, who are Fixing India.

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