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"Beneficiary No. 8 crore" of LPG scheme can''t afford high cost

"Beneficiary No. 8 crore" of LPG scheme can''t afford high cost
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Aurangabad (Maha), Mar 2 (PTI) Over a year after Prime

Minister Narendra Modi handed Ayesha Shaikh a certificate

making her ''Beneficiary No. 8 crore'' of the Ujjwala scheme to

provide LPG connections to poor women, she is now struggling

to buy a cooking gas cylinder due to rising rates.

Born into a poor family in Aurangabad district, Ayesha

(31) got married at an early age and has been living in

Ajanta, around 400 km from Mumbai, for the past decade.

Her husband Rafiq Shaikh makes around Rs 200 a day

collecting charity for a local religious institution, for

which he gets a commission. They have five children, between

the ages of 6 and 13, and pay Rs 700 as rent for the room.

Modi on September 7, 2019 handed her an Ujjwala

certificate, making her the ''Beneficiary No. 8 crore'' of the

country-wide scheme to provide LPG connections to women from

Below Poverty Line (BPL) category.

"The cost of an LPG cylinder has exceeded my room rent

now. I pay Rs 600 in rent whereas the price of the cooking gas

cylinder has crossed Rs 700. What should we do? Should we pay

for the gas cylinder or take care of the household expenses?"

Shaikh told a TV channel.

The new gas connection had proved to be a boon for her

as it spared her the labour of gathering firewood for her

earthen stove. She had also started spending some more time

with her children.

However, the frequent hike in the rates of cooking gas

seems too much for Shaikh.

On Monday, cooking LPG price went up by Rs 25 per

cylinder across all categories, including subsidised fuel and

those availed by Ujjwala scheme beneficiaries - the fourth

increase in rates in around a month.

A 14.2-kg cooking gas cylinder now costs Rs 828 in

Aurangabad while the rate of a 19-kg commercial gas cylinder

is Rs 1,642, a gas agency official said.

"We had received the new gas connection for free.

After using the cylinder for a month, we failed to refill it.

After one month, we compromised on our room rent and somehow

managed to buy the gas cylinder," Shaikh said.

She said her room owner asked her family members to

vacate as they failed to pay the monthly rent.

"We then stayed at our sister''s place," she said.

Another Ujjwala scheme beneficiary Mandabai Pable, who

hails from Lohgaon in Aurangabad district, is also struggling

to buy the cylinder for cooking gas.

"Cooking gas cylinder has become dearer. I and my

husband cannot afford it now. We live in agriculture fields

and have to ask others to get the cylinder for us by paying

extra money," she said. PTI AW NSK VT

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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