NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday expanded the scope of its game-changer Ujjwala free LPG connection scheme to all poor households instead of BPL (below poverty line) families identified by the 2011 socio-economic caste census and a set of other categories.

Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the step approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs will lift LPG penetration to 100% households from 90% at present. He said any poor family that does not figure in the present set of beneficiary categories can apply with a 14-point affidavit saying none of the family members has an LPG connection.

“Only 13 crore of the 27 crore households in the country had LPG connection till May 2014, representing penetration of 55%. We have increased the penetration to 90% in a little more than four and a half years,” Pradhan said.

Under the scheme that was launched in 2016, the government provides a subsidy of Rs 1,600 to state-owned fuel retailers for every free LPG gas connection they install.

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