Government launches Saubhagya scheme for household electrification

 

Government launches Saubhagya scheme for household electrification

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana ‘Saubhagya’ electricity scheme to provide 24×7 power to all families across India at the BJP’s National Executive meet and on the occasion of birth anniversary of RSS ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya in New Delhi.

The scheme will cover all rural families after electrification of all villages by December end, this year.

The States and Union Territories are required to complete the works of household electrification by the 31st of December 2018.

The total outlay of the project is Rs. 16, 320 crore while the Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) is Rs. 12,320 crore. The rural household outlay is estimated to be Rs 14025cr, with Rs 2295cr being for urban households.

 

The scheme will be funded by a 60 per cent grant from the government, with the states contributing 10 per cent and the remaining amount will be covered by loans.

For special category states, the government will grant 85 per cent of the outlay, with the states contributing just 5 per cent.

The beneficiaries of the free electricity scheme will be identified using the 2011 census.

Electricity connections to households identified under Socio Economic and Caste Census data 2011 to be given free.

PM Modi said that only less than 3,000 villages out of 18,000 have been left under our village electrification scheme.

Power minister R K Singh said the government will electrify all villages by December 2017, and all households by December 2018. Singh said the next target will be 24×7, reliable quality supply, with no load shedding.

 

 

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