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PM Modi launches scheme to provide electricity to 4 crore householdsPrime Minister Narendra Modi launches ‘Saubhagya’ scheme in New Delhi on Monday as Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Power Minister RK Singh look on. PTI

PM Modi launches scheme to provide electricity to 4 crore households

'Power to all by December 2018 ahead of earlier target of March 2019'26 Sep 2017 | 1:49 AM

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched a new scheme, Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana – ‘Saubhagya’ which aims at providing electricity connections to 4 crore households across the country at a cost of 16,320 crore by December 2018.

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Sanjeev Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 25

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched a new scheme, Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana – ‘Saubhagya’ which aims at providing electricity connections to 4 crore households across the country at a cost of 16,320 crore by December 2018, with the collateral benefits of creating demand for industrial equipment and employment opportunities.

Power Minister R K Singh said the scheme will also lead to an industrial stimulus with the requirement of equipment for providing connections and also lead to employment opportunities.

Elaborating on the reforms and initiatives taken by the government in the last three years in the power and energy sector, the Prime Minister said the Saubhagya scheme is the result of those reforms which have been carried out.

While emphasising that the current regime has achieved much more than the previous UPA government in these sector in output and implementation targets in the power, coal and energy sectors, the Prime Minister said all the schemes launched by the government are aimed at the welfare of the poor.

PM Modi said through a new approach and implementation style of this government, the country has become power surplus and the days of power deficit have been left behind.

He said daily coal shortages, grid collapses and power shortages which used to become breaking news are a thing of the past and this has been achieved through transparent policies.

Showing a NASA satellite shot of the map of India in the background, the Prime Minister said the picture shows India lit up bright in 2016 compared to a much darker picture in 2012.

“Rs 16,000 crore will be spent to bring a monumental change to the lives of the poor,” Modi said while launching the 'Saubhagya' scheme here.

The Prime Minister regretted that even after 70 years of independence 4 crore out of 25 crore families did not have access to power and said like the Ujjwala Yojana for LPG connections, this scheme too will impact the life of the poor.

Under the scheme, the government proposes to provide electricity to all households by December 2018, ahead of the earlier target of March 2019.

All villages would be electrified by December this year ahead of the scheduled deadline of May 1, 2018. As of now, only 3,000 villages out of the 18,000 villages have been left where electricity has not reached, PM Modi said.

The central government will largely provide funds for the scheme to all states/UTs in rural and urban areas. The states and Union Territories are required to complete the works of household electrification by December 31, 2018.

The beneficiaries for free electricity connections would be identified using Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data. However, un-electrified households not covered under the SECC data would also be provided electricity connections under the scheme on payment of Rs 500 which shall be recovered by DISCOMs in 10 instalments through electricity bill.

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