CASE STUDY- GOVERNMENT SCHEMES: PM UJWALA YOJNA
The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) is a welfare program of the government of India, launched by Indian Prime Minister in 2016. The stated objective of the program is providing LPG connection to women of below the poverty line families. The aim is to provide subsidized LPG connections to BPL households in the country. It aims at replacing fuel wood with clean and more efficient LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas).
Situation in the beginning: Ghudia village in Tillore centre is a remote tribal village surrounding with hills and forest having 63 tribal families. The people of this village have been struggling for many years to get government welfare schemes for the community development activities. Especially after declaration of PM Ujwala Yojna by the central governemnt, the village people were ignored by the local authority to enroll their names in PM Ujwal scheme.
Intervention made by the community: The villagers had been approaching several times to the Panchayat and other concerned authorities for getting the scheme and listed the name. But it was ignored by the authorities. They have raised this problem in the gramsabha last year 2016 and in the panchayat meetings. After much discussion and argument the community leaders have decided to meet the local MLA Mr.Jitu Patwari. The MLA had given a reference letter to the collector on behalf of the community. As an immediate step the community attended a Jansunwai program at the collector’s office on 24th January 2017. It was attended by 50 members who proposed their problem and difficulties to the district collector and submitted a written memorandum explaining their grievance. The collector heard them patiently and ordered the concerned authority to find out the reality.
Present situation: On 8th august 2017 a proper survey was done by the food inspector and listed out all the beneficiaries of the village. Ultimately, the listed villagers are receiving the LPG cylinder on subsidized rate.
It was really a learning experience for the village community to face such a challenge and meet the authorities to demand for their legitimate rights.