Topic: GS-1: women issues,
GS-2: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
1. LPG subsidy is a critical social investment to free-up women’s productive time and reduces public health burden. Do you agree with the statement? analyse. (250 words)
Reference: The Hindu
Why the question:
The article talks about importance of LPG subsidy and its linkages with women’s productive time and health.
Key Demand of the question:
Explain in what way LPG subsidy is a critical social investment to free-up women’s productive time and reduces public health burden. To realize these goals, there is a need to balance LPG subsidies and ensure sustained clean fuel consumption in poorer households.
Analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.
Structure of the answer:
In the introduction present the scenario in the Indian society about usage of LPG and traditional cooking fuel. Use some data/statistics.
Explain first in what way LPG connections can be revolutionary in freeing women for productive time and reduce the public health concerns.
Talk about the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, PMUY. It helped expand LPG coverage to > 85% of households, in comparison to less than a third in 2011.The government is again offering one crore new connections under Ujjwala 2.0 in FY22.
Present the associated issues and suggest solutions to address the same.
Conclude with way forward.