The widespread use of solid fuels such as wood and dung for cooking pollutes households and adds to India’s disease burden. To tackle this, the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched in May 2016 to promote clean cooking by providing poor women with free LPG connections.
But even as the number of LPG connections has increased, LPG usage hasn’t, according to a new research paper by Ashish Gupta and others.
The study is based on a survey of 1,216 households between 2014 and 2018 in villages across Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
The survey revealed that 98% of households had an LPG conn......