Case study

Powering Ujjwala Yojana, India's Gas Subsidy for 50m Women

Overview

Access to clean cooking fuel is a huge problem in India. The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas partnered with SocialCops to bring clean cooking fuel to 50 million women below the poverty line in just 3 years.

Partners

Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

Bharat Gas

Indian Oil

Hindustan Petroleum

Sectors

Government

Corporate

Location

India

50 mil.

Women targeted

20 mil.

LPG connections given in 11 months

10,000

new LPG centers

₹9.4 bil.

funding for the scheme

Check out how data intelligence drives the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

The Problem

Widespread use of hazardous, unclean cooking fuels

Nearly half of India's households don't have access to clean cooking fuel. Instead, they rely on firewood, coal, dung, and other unclean fuel sources for cooking. Cooking with these fuels is incredibly dangerous — according to WHO estimates, unclean cooking fuels are equivalent to smoking 400 cigarettes an hour, and they lead to 500,000 deaths per year. This hazard disproportionately affects women, since they spend more time at home cooking.

The Solution

Bringing clean cooking fuel to 50 million women below the poverty line

To combat this problem, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas launched its flagship scheme — the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana — on May 1, 2016. Ujjwala Yojana aims to provide free LPG (liquified petroleum gas) connections to 50 million women under the poverty line by 2019.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas partnered with SocialCops to use data intelligence to carry out the scheme effectively. We focused on three key aspects of the scheme: opening new LPG distribution centers in places with the most impact, tracking the LPG application process, and ensuring that new LPG connections were installed effectively and safely.

Launched the PM Ujjwala Yojana in Bihar with Dharmendra Pradhan. Now the kitchens of poor people will become smoke free.

Ravi Shankar Prasad
Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union Minister, Law and Justice & Information Technology

Government of India

Part 1: Finding the best locations for 10,000 new LPG centers

As part of the Ujjwala Yojana scheme, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas wanted to open 10,000 new LPG distribution centers. They partnered with us to find locations with the greatest impact and reach people who needed clean cooking fuel the most.

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Part 2: Tracking 27 million LPG applications in a single place

With thousands of applications being filed daily, it became critical for the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to track how effectively LPG applications were being processed. We unified all LPG application data in a real-time tracking dashboard that helps officials identify where processes are breaking.

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Part 3: Ensuring new connections are installed safely

In its first 11 months, the Ujjwala Yojana scheme gave out 20 million new LPG connections. However, it was important to ensure all these cylinders were installed safely. Mechanics used our app to collect data every time they install a new connection, and officials used that data to identify and fix unsafe installations.

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