TRAL: Authorities make mockery of Ujjwala Yojana scheme

Authorities have made a mockery of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme in this south Kashmir village as deserving beneficiaries have been left out and influential have been included in the list which was received by a local NGO from various gas agencies.

Authorities have made a mockery of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme in this south Kashmir village as deserving beneficiaries have been left out and influential have been included in the list which was received by a local NGO from various gas agencies.

A copy of the list which lies with Greater Kashmir shows "high profile" names who are registered for free LPG connections while their names are also registered on Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) website.

On the other hand, beneficiaries from various villages of Tral area alleged that the scheme has miserably 'failed' to serve the purpose as the names of politicians, bureaucrats and high ranked officers figure in the list.

"Despite being in BPL category I am 'nowhere' in the list which is disappointing," said Shameema a local woman.

This is sheer injustice with the poor women who are "genuine beneficiaries" but their names have been ignored and they have been replaced by the names of influential families, locals alleged.

The scheme which was launched by union ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) in March this year is meant to provide free LPG connections to women who fall under Below Poverty Line category.

Abdul Hameed Gojar of Karmulla village said the residents of their area remain unaware of Ujjwala scheme. "After the 2011 census government has never organized an awareness programme in our village. We fail to avail benefits of such type of schemes," he added.

Meanwhile, the list presented by a local NGO highlights the names of local doctors, engineers, politicians and revenue officials.

The Chairman Civil Society Tral, Kar Ashfaq said that government must act immediately to ensure justice with the beneficiaries. "As I received the list from the local gas distributors, I found names of almost 50 percent people falling under Above Poverty Line in the list which is distressing." he added.

The scheme was actually launched for the poor rural women who fail to find the clean cooking fuel as lack of access to clean fuel adversely affects the health of women and children.

Meanwhile, an official source informed that the list was framed as per "census 2011" due to which the execution of this scheme has drawn flak. "During the survey many Above Poverty Line (APL) householders had registered themselves under Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) categories that is why the deserving people have been sidelined." he added.

Commenting over the issue, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Choudhary Zulfiqar Ali said, "I have ordered the concerned Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, to conduct an enquiry and take a stern action against the culprits."

Asked why the list was not checked by the concerned authorities? He replied that the list has been framed as per the Socio-Economic caste census (SECC) which was conducted by the Ministry of Rural Development in 2011.

"Many APL householders have 'deliberately' registered their names in BPL category during the 2011 SECC census, taking the advantage of such schemes," he added.

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