Three major PSU oil cos announced they would be distributing 70,000 LPG connections in the state on Apr 20 to households living Below Poverty Line.
Pradhan said that nine crore new LPG connections have been distributed in the last four years, including 3.5 cr connections provided under PMUY.
Over 100 poor women from 27 states who received free cooking gas LPG connections, under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, met President Kovind and PM Narendra Modi.
As many as 3 cr additional free LPG connections will be given to poor households by Mar 2020 at an extra expense of Rs 4,800 cr, Pradhan said.
Kovind strongly pitched for simultaneous elections to Parliament and the state assemblies, saying frequent polls posed a "huge burden" on resources.
Under the scheme, LPG connections will be provided to total 72,38,000 eligible families in the state, Porwal said.
Narendra Modi took potshots at the Cong for making 'gas cylinders' their poll plank during the 2014 polls and said the party's vision was limited to cylinders.
Niti Aayog in its three-year draft action agenda suggested a host of reforms in taxation, agriculture and energy sectors.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on May 1 launch an ambitious Rs 8,000 crore scheme to provide 5 crore free LPG connections to BPL families.
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