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No Of Beneficiaries Under Ujjwala Yojana Crosses 2 Crore Mark: Government
The number of beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana for providing free of cost LPG (cooking gas) connections to BPL households has crossed 2 crore mark since its launch in May 2016. The success of the scheme shows that how it is serving as a novel means of women empowerment and achieving the goals of providing clean fuel and a better life to the people.
About Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana
- The Ujjwala Yojana was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2016 from Maldepur Morh, Ballia in Uttar Pradesh.
- Tagline for the scheme: Swachh Indian, Behtar Jeevan.
- Purpose of the scheme: Empower women and protect their health by shifting them from traditional cooking based on unclean cooking fuels or on fossil fuels to clean cooking gas.
- Beneficiary: Under the scheme, an adult woman member of a BPL will be given deposit-free LPG connection with the financial assistance of Rs 1,600 per connection by the Centre.
- Identification of beneficiaries: It will be through the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) in consultation with state governments and Union territories.
- Implementing Ministry: The scheme is being implemented by the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
- Target: 5 crore LPG connections to poor households by 2019.
U.S Visa Curbs Not To Affect Indians: Nascom
IT industry body, Nasscom has said the latest memo of the US on H-1B visas will have little impact on Indian IT firms. It said this is because they have already started applying for visas for higher-level specialised professionals this year. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services recently came out with a policy memorandum saying that companies applying for visas must provide evidence to establish that the particular position is one in a specialty occupation.
US Withdraws Funding For UN Population Fund Promoting Family Planning In More Than 150 Countries
The United States said that it is withdrawing funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), an agency that promotes family planning in more than 150 countries. The State Department said the agency supports or participates in a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation in China. But the UNFPA says, this is an erroneous claim and that its work does not break any US laws. In total, 32.5 million dollar funds will be withdrawn for the 2017 financial year. This is the first of the promised cuts to US financial contributions to the UN by the Trump administration. The UNFPA, like other UN agencies, is funded by governments voluntarily.