The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India on Wednesday released data which stated that the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana(PMUY) scheme beneficiaries are not doing enough refills of cooking gas cylinders. Due to this, there has been a decline in the annual average of the LPG cylinder refill by PMUY beneficiaries.
CAG’s Audit Report of the PMUY as quoted by Business Line said, “Encouraging the sustained usage of LPG remains a big challenge as the annual average refill consumption of 1.93 crores PMUY consumers (who have completed more than one year as on March 31, 2018) was only 3.66 refills as worked out by audit. A similar analysis for 3.18 crore PMUY beneficiaries as on December 31, 2018, revealed that refill consumption declined to 3.21 refills per annum.”
As per a report, the reason for the decline in the cylinder usage was attributed to the high-refill cost. “As the target of releasing PMUY connections has been broadly achieved, PMUY beneficiaries in nil or low consumption category need to be encouraged for sustained usage.”