Shimla, Aug 25 (PTI) Over 70,000 LPG connections have been provided under Ujjwala Yojna in Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said today.

Reviewing the progress of Central and state governments’ welfare schemes here, Thakur said 73,074 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) connections have already been provided to eligible families in the hill-state.

More households will get the connections by the end of next year, he added.

The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) under which women belonging to BPL families will be provided with clean cooking fuel was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 1, 2016 in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh.

The scheme aims to provide LPG connections to five crore BPL households by 2019 across the country and offers assistance of Rs 1,600 for one connection.

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