New Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan today inaugurated Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana here today, and asked the rich families to sacrifice Gas Subsidy so as to enable the poor families to get gas connection.

PM Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi two years ago in order to prevent pollution and facilitate the healthy atmosphere in the families of poor people, Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development, said in a statement.

The minister also distributed gas connections to housewives.

“After distribution of gas connections to the housewives of poor community, Pradhan said that so for 9 crore people are having LPG gas connections. Out of them 3.5 crore people are the beneficiaries of PM Ujjwala Yojana,” the statement said.

The minister also informed that the government aims to give gas connections to 5 crore families by 2019.

Senior officials of state-run oil companies like Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum and others were also present on the occasion.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.