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Narendra Modi launches Saubhagya scheme for free electricity to 4 crore poor families

Narendra Modi government suggests providing electricity to all families by December 2018, ahead of the previous target of March 2019.


New Delhi: Narendra Modi on Monday hurled a Rs 16,320-crore scheme – Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana ‘Saubhagya’ – to provide electricity networks to over 4 crore families in urban and rural areas by December 2018.

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“Rs 16,000 crore will be expended to bring a colossal change in the lives of the poor people,” Modi said while launching the ‘Saubhagya’ scheme.

Modi regretted that even after 70 years of independence 4 crores out of 25 crore families did not have admission to power.

In the scheme, the government suggests providing electricity to all families by December 2018, ahead of the previous target of March 2019.

All villages would be electrified by this December ahead of the planned deadline of May 1st, 2018.

“This is a reflection of working chic and will empower,” Modi said adding, power connection will be delivered free of cost to all poor under the scheme.

Narendra Modi stated that previously there used to be breaking news about power outages and a shortage of coal to power plants but now condition has changed and the country is moving from a situation of power shortage to surplus.

The prime minister also called over ONGC to use its Rs 100 crore startup funds to grow user-friendly electric cooking applications saying it would aid in dipping the fuel consumption.

Rendering to an official statement, the overall outlay of the ‘Saubhagya’ project is Rs 16,320 crore whereas the Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) is Rs 12,320 crore.

The expenditure for the rural families is Rs 14,025 crore whereas the GBS is Rs 10,587.50 crore. For the urban households, the expenditure is Rs 2,295 crore whereas GBS is Rs 1,732.50 crore.

The Central Government will deliver huge funds for the scheme to all States/UTs.

The recipients for free electricity connections would be recognized using Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data.

Yet, it said that un-electrified households not enclosed under the SECC data would also be delivered electricity connections under the structure on payment of Rs 500 which shall be amended by DISCOMs in 10 installments over the electricity bill.

The solar power packs of 200 to 300 Wp with the battery set for un-electrified families located in remote and unreachable areas, encompasses of Five LED lights, One DC fan, One DC power plug.

Recipients shall be recognized and their application for electricity connection along with candidate photograph and identity proof shall be listed on spot, the statement declared.

The Gram Panchayat/Public organizations in the rural areas might be authorized to gather application forms along with whole documentation, distribute bills and gather revenue in discussion with the Panchayat Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies.

Rendering to GARV portal, out of the 18,452 villages, 14,483 villages have been electrified till now. The electrification work is in development on 2981 villages while 988 villages are unoccupied.

The portal also specifies that out of the 17.92 crore households in rural regions, 13.87 crore families have got electricity networks. As many as 4.05 crore families are however to be provided electricity networks.

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