MANGALDAI/KALAIGAON, June 27: “The long-felt woes and pain of cooking in the traditiol way using firewood as fuel of a total of 66,000 housewives living in the far-flung areas of Udalguri district are going to be wiped away as the Government of India has taken necessary arrangements to provide them free LPG connection. Cooking with firewood has been causing threat to the general health of the rural women. I sincerely hope that with this flagship project of the Government of India, from now on the rural women will be able to maintain good health by cooking at comfort, which also reduce the increasing pressure on the forests,” said Minister for Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Public Health Engineering department, Rihon Daimary while iugurating the distribution of Indane LPG under Pradhan Mantrir Ujjwala Yoja (PMUY) at Udalguri district on Tuesday.
To mark the launch of the PMUY in the district, the district administration, with cooperation of IOCL, organized a mega function at the parade ground of the DC’s office attended by more than 3,000 village women, village headmen, leading citizens, officials of the district administration and media persons.
Taking part in the programme, minister Rihon Daimary also lit the traditiol earthen lamp to mark its launch and made a hearty appeal to the common people, particularly the village women, not to pay a single penny to any person as a section of the vested interested circle were trying their best to take money in the me of providing LPG connection or other government-sponsored welfare schemes and also directed the administration and the police to take stern action on such ill-motivated circles. At present a total of 5,000 beneficiaries for Udalguri district have been shortlisted on the basis of the socio-economic survey conducted in 2011 while the remaining beneficiaries will be filized within the next two years.
In the function well anchored by Additiol Deputy Commissioner Dithakanda Hazarika, Deputy Commissioner of Udalguri, Sadha Hojai in her welcome speech termed the PMUY as a unique gift of the government to the rural women who were compelled to lead a miserable life by cooking with firewood. Speaker of BTC Assembly, Tridip Daimary, Mazbat legislator Charan Boro, MCLA Ripen Daimary and Chief Area Mager of IOCL, Rupesh Rathode also attended the function and appreciated the Government of India for this unique initiative. All the shortlisted beneficiaries are not required to visit the LPG dealers as the LPG dealers concerned will give home delivery.
PMUY launched in Udalguri district