The Indian Government has said that around two crore poor families have been provided with new LPG connections, taking to 19 crore the total number of families having gas connections in the country. Commenting on the issue, Power Minister Piyush Goyal told the media, “As many as three crore more gas connections will be given to the poor in the next two years as the attempt of the government is to bring to an end the use of traditional means of cooking still used by poor people.”
“The government has promised to provide 5 crore new LPG connections at subsidised rates and of these, two crore have already been given,” he added. “There are 19 crore households who have LPG connections in the country. As per 2011 census, there are around 24.66 crore households in the country and 65.9 per cent of such households have LPG connections....We are making efforts to provide LPG connections to the poor sections and hope that people using traditional means of cooking to come to an end in the next 4-5 years," he said.