LPG Cylinder Cashback Scheme Ujjwala Scheme Challenged In Court Demand To Give Benefits To All BPL

Ujjwala scheme: A petition was filed in the Delhi High Court on Wednesday challenging the constitutional validity of a scheme that provides ‘cashback’ of Rs 200 on every LPG cylinder only to the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) beneficiaries and below poverty line (BPL) beneficiaries. Not applicable to other families living under BPL).

The petition came up for hearing before a bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramaniam Prasad, which listed the application for further hearing with a similar petition on February 13. PMUY was launched on May 1, 2016 to provide cooking gas cylinders to BPL families without depositing money to the gas agency.

What is the demand for Ujjwala Yojana

It has been demanded in the petition that such BPL families should be identified which do not come under the Ujjwala scheme. The petitioner has also sought the intervention of the court to give him the benefit of the ‘cashback’ scheme. Advocate and petitioner Akash Goyal has challenged the provision of the Ujjwala scheme under which Rs 200 per LPG cylinder, up to 12 cylinders in a financial year, is transferred only to the bank accounts of beneficiaries of the scheme and not to all BPL families. Huh.

Gas subsidy is available on 12 cylinders

In May 2022, the government had announced a subsidy of Rs 200 on a gas cylinder per year (up to 12 cylinders) for the beneficiaries of the Ujjwala Yojana so that the gas prices could be reduced for them.

Oil price hike due to Russia-Ukraine war

Challenging the constitutional validity of the ‘cashback’ scheme, the petition said that all poor people are facing financial difficulties due to the rise in crude oil prices globally due to the Russia-Ukraine war. In such a situation, everyone should get the benefit of this cashback.

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