Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a Rs. 16320-Crore ‘Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana'- Saubhagya on 25 September 2017 in New Delhi to mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. Through this scheme, the government would supply electricity to all household by the end of 2018.
Listed on the agenda of the Cabinet meeting held last week, the scheme is expected to cover all rural families after expected electrification of all villages by the end of 2018.
Aim & Objective
• The Yojana mainly aims to provide last mile power connectivity to all rural and urban households.
• The scheme would provide subsidy on electrical equipments such as transformers, meters and wires.
• The Yojana aims to re-enforce the centre’s target of achieving power for all.
(a) Environmental upgradation by substitution of Kerosene for lighting purposes
(b) Improvement education services
(c) Better health services
(d) Enhanced connectivity through radio, television, mobiles, etc.
(e) Increased economic activities and jobs
(f) Improved quality of life especially for women
How the scheme would be implemented in the entire country?
The project proposals would be prepared by the State DISCOMs / power department and sanctioned by an inter-ministerial Monitoring Committee headed by Secretary (Power), Government of India.
The electrification works under the sanctioned projects shall be executed by respective DISCOMs/Power Department through turnkey contractors or departmentally or through other suitable agencies capable of doing this work as per norms.
How many un-electrified households would be covered under the scheme?
There are about 4 Cr un-electrified households estimated in the country of which about 1 Cr BPL households in rural areas are already covered under sanctioned projects of DDUGJY.
Thus, total of 300 lakh households, 250 lakh households in rural areas and 50 lakh in urban areas are expected to be covered under the scheme.
The union government has been working to electrify all villages in the country and wants to achieve full-time power for all by 2019.
To achieve the same, the government has asked all the states to prepare electrification projects that would be discussed and approved for release of funds under the scheme.
Besides this, the Prime Minister would also formally inaugurate ONGC’s new corporate office that was renamed Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Urja Bhawan, from Rajiv Gandhi Urja Bhawan. The green-building, which was built at a cost of Rs 600 Cr, was completed a year ago.
Further, Modi would also be unveiling a statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.