The Centre’s flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) has not only provided clean fuel to poor households, but also entailed an investment of over Rs 3,000 crore in the northeast, a senior official has said.

It has created more than 3,000 jobs in the region during the last two-and-half years as well, he said.

The ambitious programme, being implemented by the three PSU oil marketing companies IOCL, HPCL and BPCL, has increased the LPG customer base to over 94 lakh in October 2019 from 48.3 lakh on April 30, 2017, the official said.The PMUY was rolled out on May 1, 2017 in the northeast, a year after the scheme was set in motion first in Uttar Pradesh. The State Level Coordinator for Assam (Petroleum Products) Uttiya Bhattacharyya said that the LPG penetration in the region has gone up to nearly 90 per cent from 48 per cent two years ago.

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