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3) Critically examine the success of Pradhan mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme?(250 words)

Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

3) Critically examine the success of Pradhan mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme?(250 words)


Why this question:

The article analyses in detail the government of India’s flagship Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY)scheme.


Key demand of the question:

The answer must discuss the salient features of the scheme very briefly and discuss the successes of the scheme over the past schemes for the same target population with same intent and bring out the challenges that the scheme is facing and suggest a way forward.


Directive word:

Critically ExamineWhen asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.


Structure of the answer



Introduce by highlighting the significance schemes to vulnerable sections of the society in the context of PMUY.



Answers must discuss the following aspects :

  • Discuss the key features of the scheme – replace unclean cooking fuels used in the most underprivileged households with clean and more efficient LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas), LPG connections with a support of Rs. 1,600 per connection. Target revised to 8 crore- to be achieved by 2019-20 etc.
  • Discuss the beneficiaries
  • Status of the scheme as of today, what are the challenges facing the scheme- Affordability and Inactive gas cylinders, Issues with LPG distribution, Safety Issues, Identification of Beneficiaries etc.


Conclusion –

Conclude by suggesting a way forward.