Nearly 20 lakh families in Telangana will get free LPG connections starting today (April 14) under Prime Minster Modi's ambitious project 'Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojana' (PMUY).

The scheme will be launched at Suryapet by petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan. So far, 94.36 lakh people have LPG connections in the state. While it's 100 percent in the urban areas, the rural area is just 60 percent.

Facilitating the process, three state-run oil companies - OC, BPCL and HPCL- will be implementing the scheme across the state. According to a leading daily, “They will pick up the Rs 1,600 initial connection charges which includes the security deposit for a 14.2 kg domestic LPG cylinder and pressure regulator, cost of connecting hose, installation charges payable to distributors and cost of a Domestic Gas Consumer Card booklet.”

Following the free LPG scheme, Telangana would follow suit like its Southern counterparts to become free of kerosene fuel. The PMUY scheme was launched to benefit the families living under Below Poverty Line (BPL), to make their homes smoke free. Modi has envisioned to make 20,158 villages smoke-free by May 5, out of which the state government has occupancy of 73 villages.