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

LIVE: PM Modi to announce important scheme for poor; to launch 'Saubhagya Yojana' envisaging power for all

LIVE: PM Modi to announce important scheme for poor; to launch 'Saubhagya Yojana' envisaging power for all

On Monday Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana "Saubhagya", the scheme for easy electricity to every household.

Modi said at an event where he launched the project that "no fee will be charged for electricity connection in households of poor citizens".

Discussing the economy, Shah said it had become stronger under the Narendra Modi-led government than it was under the UPA. The prime minister did not mention the slowdown in his speech.

Power Minister R.K. Singh said the nation will aim to complete electrification of all households ahead of a March 2019 deadline.

The 16,320-crore scheme targets to achieve 100 percent electrification in India.

The total budget of the scheme is Rs 16,320 Cr. Government assistance for the two will be Rs 10,587.50 crore and Rs 2,295 crore respectively. A budget of Rs 1,732.5 crore has been reserved for improving supply to urban areas.

The Union government would provide 60% funds for the programme amounting to Rs 12,320 crore.

2011 census will be used to identify the beneficiaries of the free power connections.

However, it said that un-electrified households not covered under the SECC data would also be provided electricity connections under the scheme for Rs 500 which shall be recovered by DISCOMs in 10 instalments through electricity bill. However, the power ministry is expected to electrify all villages by December this year.

According to GARV portal, out of the 18,452 villages, 14,483 villages have been electrified so far. His rationale is simple: The nation would get into election mode from early 2019, and he wants work in cleanliness, and progress in construction of toilets in urban and rural areas, to be visible by the time the next parliamentary elections are held. The Yojana will include access to electricity to all willing households, substitution to kerosene, improvement in educational and health services, improvement in communication and public safety.

"There are four crore families which do not have electricity, not to talk of bulb".