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Saubhagya Scheme: 8 States achieve 100% household electrification; total 15 States now have 100% household electrification

Earlier on October 15, 2018, the Government launched an award scheme under the umbrella Saubhagya Scheme, also known as Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana. The Saubhagya award scheme will felicitate the power distribution companies (DISCOMs) and Power Department of the States and their employees for achieving 100 percent household electrification.

Nov 29, 2018 16:54 IST
8 States achieve 100% household electrification under Saubhagya Scheme

RK Singh, Union Minister of State for Power and Renewable Energy, on November 29, 2018 announced that 8 States have achieved 100 percent saturation in household electrification under Saubhagya Scheme. With this, there are now total 15 States in the country that have 100 percent household electrification.

These eight states are Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Bihar, J&K, Mizoram, Sikkim, Telangana and West Bengal. As many as 2.1 crore connections have been released under Saubhagya or Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana so far.

States like Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, etc. are left with small number of un-electrified households and expected to achieve saturation any time.

In order to ensure that no un-electrified household is left in the States which have achieved 100 percent household electrification, campaign will be taken up to publicise the achievement across the areas, so that anyone left out for any reasons may avail electricity connection under Saubhagya.

Comment

With the present pace of electrification, India is expected to achieve 100 percent saturation in the country by December 31, 2018.

Achievement of 100 percent household electrification would be a major milestone in the direction to achieve 24x7 power for all by March 31, 2019.

Award scheme under Saubhagya

Earlier on October 15, 2018, the Government launched an award scheme under the umbrella Saubhagya Scheme, also known as Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana. The Saubhagya award scheme will felicitate the power distribution companies (DISCOMs) and Power Department of the States and their employees for achieving 100 percent household electrification.

Three categories of Saubhagya award scheme

Award will be given in three categories. These categories are:

(i) DISCOMs / Power Departments of Special Category States (Seven North Eastern States, Sikkim, J&K and Uttarakhand)

(ii) DISCOMs / Power Departments of  Non-Special Category States having more than 5 Lakh un-electrified households (Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telengana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal)

(iii) DISCOMs / Power Departments of other than Special Category States having less than 5 Lakh un-electrified households

Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya)

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• Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Rs 16320-Crore ‘Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana'- Saubhagya on September 25, 2017 to mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.

• The scheme aims to achieve the goal of universal household electrification in the country by March 31, 2019.

• The scheme envisages providing last mile connectivity and electricity connections to all remaining households in rural as well as urban areas.

• With the support of State Power Departments and DISCOMs, more than 1.65 crore households have already been connected since the launch of scheme.

• The Eligibility for free electricity will be identified through Caste Census of 2011 and on the basis of Socio-Economic.

• The Households that do not fall under the free criteria of this scheme will be provided electricity at a sum of Rs 500.

• To identify and register beneficiaries under the Saubhagya scheme, a mobile app will be used.

• Households in remote areas like hilly or tribal areas where providing electricity is not feasibile, will be provided with solar power packs of 200 to 300 Wp (Watt peak).

• The Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) has been appointed as the nodal agency for the implementation of the Saubhagya scheme.