Central government has made Aadhar Card mandatory for the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. The women belonging to economically backward society would be required to present their Aadhar number to avail the free LPG connection under the Ujjwala Yojana.
The ambitious scheme of central government is providing free LPG connections to 5 Crore BPL families within 3 years. Out of which more than 1.5 Crore connections have already been issued under the Ujjwala Yojana after its launch on 1st May 2016 from Balia in Uttar Pradesh.
The decision of making Aadhar Card mandatory has come just a few months after the government made Aadhar card mandatory for everyone who wishes to avail the LPG subsidy. According to the decision, women from the BPL family who wishes to avail free LPG connection under the Ujjwala Yojana will have to furnish a proof of Aadhar card and will have to undergo the Aadhar authentication.
The government has also asked the state owned fuel retailing firms to arrange the enrollment of scheme beneficiaries for Aadhar number. The women beneficiaries who still do not have Aadhar card can apply for the same till May 31st, 2017.
Apart from this, the government has also made Aadhar card mandatory for availing crop insurance scheme benefits from the upcoming Kharif sowing season.