Gondia, When the gas connection of the Ujjwala scheme was received, it was thought that now we will get rid of cow dung cakes and wood, but the rising gas prices have again brought us to the earthen stove. The Ujjwala scheme was started by saying that its purpose is to save women from toxic fumes, but a large number of people leaving the stove are returning there.
The central government is continuously increasing the prices of petrol, diesel and LPG cylinders. Buying such an expensive cylinder is out of the reach of rural and poor families, on the one hand, the citizens are troubled by the rising prices of essential things. It is better to make a kitchen on the stove by leaving the gas. Thinking the same, women have again started turning to the forest to bring wood for fuel.
In the rural areas of the district, the number of people who earn their living by doing wages is very large, the continuously increasing prices of LPG cylinders have spoiled the financial budget of the women of poor families. Now it is not possible for them to use gas cylinders. Under the Ujjwala scheme, a large number of women belonging to the economically weaker sections were given domestic cooking gas connections.
But even this facility is not working for the people. Most of the families are unable to get the cylinder filled due to the increase in the price of LPG. In such a situation, the women of their homes are forced to bring wood from the forest or cook food on cow dung cakes (kandi).
The central government had made a ruckus to provide relief to women from the smoke of the stove by distributing free domestic gas connections at nominal charges, but the inflation of gas cylinders has again forced women to light the stove. The women of rural areas are going to the forests to pick wood. At the same time, the youth of the house are engaged in the business of cutting small woods.
gas stove in show piece
The gas connection holders have stopped getting the cylinder refilled because they are expensive, they do not have the money to fill the gas cylinder. Villagers told that in the initial time the prices of cylinders were low and if the subsidy was also returned, then it was easy to refill. Due to the inflation of cylinders for the last two years, now the courage has been answered. The gas stoves provided by the government have now become a showpiece in the corner of the house.