58.9 percent rural households still use firewood in J&K

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Bharti Jasrotia

 In a spine chilling revelation, there are still 58.9 rural household families who are using firewood fuel for the purpose of cooking in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the data revealed by the Niti Ayog, the total number of rural households in the state is 2015088, out of which 58.9 percent rural households are using firewood fuel for the purpose of cooking. Not only this some rural households are also using crop residue as fuel for cooking and they constitute 2.5 percent of the total number of the rural households.

The data further revealed that, there are still many rural households where use of cow dung cakes as fuel is still prevalent and they constitute 4.2 percent of the total number of the rural households. The report also revealed that 1.3 percent and 0.4 percent of the rural households are using kerosene and electricity fuel for cooking.

The data shockingly revealed that only 31.6 percent of the rural households use LPG fuel for cooking against 58.9 percent of firewood fuel users. This shocking revelation of the facts and figures by the Niti Ayog clearly tells that the development of the state is still a far fetched dream.

According to the study conducted by All India Institute of Medical Science revealed that women who cook with fire wood, crop residue, cow dung cake and other biomass fuels are more prone to get cataract and bronchitis infections when compared to those who use cleaner fuel like LPG for cooking. On one hand BJP Government is celebrating their two years rule and on the other hand there are still many rural households who do not even have LPG connection at their home. The BJP government has more misses in the rule of two years than hits.

Last year Narendra Modi launched a ‘Give-It-Up’campaign, urging the well off to surrender their LPG subsidy so that it can be targeted for the needy or for those who are using firewood, cow dung cake, crop residue and other biomass fuels for the purpose of cooking. In another report Narender Modi declared that one crore families have given up their subsidy so that a LPG connection can be provided to the needy. But the question which arises here is besides giving up of the subsidy by one crore families there are still many families who do not have LPG connection at their home.

Government should take this scenario seriously and should take positive steps in providing LPG connection to the 58.9 percent of the families of rural households as using of fuel; other than LPG is harmful for the women who are cooking by using such fuels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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