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About 85% of Ujjwala Beneficiaries in Four States Still Use Earthen Stoves | Priscilla Jebaraj | The Hindu

The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna (PMUY) is being touted in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) election campaigning as one of the big successes of the incumbent government.  The hidden truth is that most rural households with LPG (liquiefied petroleum gas) connections still use chulhas with firewood or dung cakes, to the detriment of rural health.  A new study from r.i.c.e. shows that 85% of Ujjwala beneficiaries in rural Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan still use solid fuels for cooking due to financial reasons, as well as gender inequalities. The resultant indoor air pollution can lead to infant deaths and harm child development, as well as contribute to heart and lung disease among adults, especially the women, cooking on chulhas.       Read more…