Rayagada: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas (PNG) Minister Dharmendra Pradhan distributed free LPG connections to 1000 poor women under the Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojna (PMUY) in Rayagada district on Thursday.
Addressing a public meeting, Pradhan said, “Around 17,000 poor women of this district have benefited under the Ujjwala Yojna in the last one year. My aim is to reach 1 lakh households more in this district.”
He sought support from the Panchayat representatives irrespective of their party affiliations and the district administration in achieving the target.
The Minister said that the success of the scheme had led to an end to deforestation, and had safeguarded the health of women, children and senior citizens.
BJP’s State General Secretary Bhrugu Baxipatra was among the leaders present during the gas distribution event.