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2022 UP elections: Yogi Adityanath again banks on women-centric schemes | India News


NEW DELHI: Just like in 2017, the BJP is banking heavily on women-centric schemes to win the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath is ensuring that these schemes reach the beneficiaries in time.
Both the phases of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) for providing LPG connections for free were launched from UP.
It is believed that women-centric schemes such as Ujjwala Yojana, building “izzat ghar” (toilet) in each house under the Swachh Bharat Mission and giving free electricity connections under the Saubhagya Yojana helped the BJP come to power in UP in 2017.
The BJP hopes to romp home once again in 2022 on the basis of these schemes.
Yogi Adityanath spoke virtually to some of the beneficiaries of Ujjwala Yojana 2.0 on August 26. He spoke about the impetus being given to women-centric schemes by the BJP government in the state as well as the Centre.
He said, “I am happy to note that the Ujjwala Yojana was started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Ballia in 2016. A target of providing 8 crore free LPG connections by March 2020 was set. But the target was achieved in September 2019, seven months before the deadline.”
Yogi said UP drew the maximum benefit out of the Ujjwala scheme as 1.47 crore families got free LPG connection in the first phase.
He said even Ujjwala Yojana 2.0 was launched by the PM from Mahoba in Bundelkhand region of UP on August 10. Under the second phase, one crore families nationwide would be given LPG connection free of cost while 20 lakh families would be benefitted in UP.
The 10 janpads chosen for Ujjwala Yojana 2.0 are Banda, Chitrakoot, Hardoi, Amethi, Farrukhabad, Sonbhadra, Raebareli, Mohoba, Badaun and Fatehpur. The administration has already identified 20 lakh families who would get free LPG connection.
“There cannot be a better example of women empowerment than this because women take care of the home. While everybody else is concerned about timely preparation of meals, the women execute the manner in which they should be prepared,” he said.
Yogi reminded the beneficiaries that toilets were built under Swachh Bharat Mission in each and every house. This too was a significant achievement as 2.61 lakh families were benefitted out of it in the state.
Further, he said, one woman each has been appointed as banking correspondent sakhi in every gram panchayat. “The responsibility for the upkeep of community toilets is also being entrusted to the women’s self help groups in every gram panchayat,” he said.
Yogi said that wherever there was a dispute on quota, women self help groups were being given the responsibility of the ration shops under the public distribution system (PDS).
He said, “Be it ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’, ‘Matri Vandana’, ‘Janani Suraksha’, providing ‘izzat ghar’ under Swachh Bharat Mission, Ujjwala Yojana or Saubhagya Yojana, the UP government has successfully implemented these schemes of the Modi government in a time-bound manner.”
On Ujjwala Yojana 1.0 and 2.0, the UP chief minister recalled how women were forced to cook food on wood, coal, cow dung cakes or by any other means. This was not safe, secure or healthy. This is why Prime Minister Narendra Modi took this initiative, he said.
The UP CM said implementing such a scheme needs a government which thinks about ensuring that welfare schemes reach the needy people in time.
“If you remember, people had to run from pillar to post to get LPG connections before 2014 (when the Modi government came to power). People could not get a connection despite paying money. And if someone got a connection after spending Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000, there was no surety of getting an LPG cylinder. People would have to stand in queue around midnight. By 6 in the morning when their turn came, they would be told that the cylinders had got exhausted,” he said.
He further said if the people would protest even mildly, the administration would resort to lathi-charge. “But things have totally changed now. The PM has not just provided free LPG connections but also cylinders in sufficient numbers,” he said.
Yogi said the best part of the schemes was that the facilities were being provided to people without any discrimination. “It has brought great relief to those who never got the facility of LPG connections. They would either buy wood or take risks to visit the forests to collect it. However, there was fear of criminals, poisonous creatures such as snakes and scorpions, and lions, tigers and bears in the bigger forests.
“During monsoons, these people would first dry the wet wood or would be forced to sleep hungry. And while cooking meals, the smoke would create health problems. The utensils would also get black and hands would get dirty while washing them,” he said.
Yogi said now the people were free from these worries. “It is a new turn in their life and a new milestone in women empowerment,” he added.





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