The state government on Tuesday launched one more Bhagya scheme – Anila Bhagya (free LPG connections to BPL families) – ahead of the Assembly elections.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who inaugurated the scheme, said Anila Bhagya was better evolved than the Centres Ujjwala scheme, which also envisages providing free LPG connections to the poor.
He claimed that unlike the Ujjwala scheme, which provides only LPG connections, the state government is providing the required paraphernalia like cylinders, stoves and even a gas lighter under Anila Bhagya.
As many as 30 lakh beneficiaries are identified under the scheme. Of this, about 10 lakh would be covered in the first phase, he added.
Siddaramaiah said that the idea behind the scheme was to make Karnataka kerosene and pollution free. The government is spending Rs 4,254 per person, that is cylinder security deposit – Rs 1,450; regulator security deposit – Rs 150; Suraksha hose – Rs 200; DGC book – Rs 59; connection cost – Rs 295; two-burner gas stoves- Rs 1,000; and two cylinders – Rs 1,100.
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