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1) Discuss the social benefits derived from Ujjwala scheme?(250 words)

Topic–  poverty and developmental issues

1) Discuss the social benefits derived from Ujjwala scheme?(250 words)


Why this question

The article discusses the details of the Ujjwala scheme and its significance in terms of alleviating the issues faced by rural women. The social benefits of the scheme are immense which is highlighted in the article. Since Ujjwala scheme has been touted as one of the major achievements of the current government, the article is relevant.

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to discuss the details of the scheme and discuss how it has helped positively impact the lives of rural women and other social benefits that can be derived from the scheme. Thereafter, it expects us to discuss the shortcomings and provide way forward.

Directive word

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Explain about the Ujjwala scheme.


  • Highlight that since 2014, governments have adopted a clear strategy to have city gas distribution (CGD) networks in cities and towns, under which piped natural gas (PNG) is provided to urban residents and push the LPG resources to rural areas. The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was launched in May 2016 with the objective of providing free LPG connections to 50 million women belonging to below poverty line (BPL) households over a period of three years.
  • Discuss the impact of the scheme
    • Ujjwala has empowered women and protected them and their families through the use of clean burning fuel. It is helping prevent a significant number of acute respiratory illnesses caused by indoor air pollution. Research has also shown that people using solid biomass frequently suffer from headaches, nausea, and chronic bronchitis
    • Saves time and hassle for the women so that they become more socially and economically productive
    • Helps save women from sexual harassment
  • Discuss the challenges such as the issue of non repeat users and highlight that behavioral change requires time

Conclusion – give your view and highlight the way forward including that targeting under the scheme must be expanded.