Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana – ‘Saubhagya’ scheme was launched by the Prime Minister on September 25, 2017, a Rs 16,320-crore scheme ushered in for the upliftment for the underprivileged section.
There are around 4 crore un-electrified households in the country which are targeted for providing electricity connections by December 2018. Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) has been designated as the nodal agency for the Saubhagya scheme.
What is the scheme all about?
The scheme funds the cost of last-mile connectivity to willing households to help achieve the goal of lighting every household by 31 December 2018.
The Saubhagya scheme basically means Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana.
This scheme aims to provide electricity to all families in India.
At the time of the launch, the Government of India promised to spend a total of Rs 16,320 crore in this massive project to provide electricity and to give the nation a new light.
The rural household expenditure was estimated to be Rs 14025 crore, with Rs 1732.50 crore is being allocated for urban households.
The gross budgetary support for the scheme was told to be Rs 12,320 crore.
The Government said, under the Saubhagya Yojana general category, states would get a grant of 60 percent from the government while the special category states would be bestowed with 85 percent grant.
The state government also contributed 10 percent of the total expenditure for the general state and five percent for special category state.
The remaining amount would be covered by loans from financial institutions and banks.
The list of benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana is as follows:
*Access to electricity to all willing households
*Substitution to kerosene
*Improvement in educational services
* Better health services
*Improvement in communications
*Improvement in public safety
*Increased job opportunities
*Better quality of life, especially for women, in daily chores
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted live with beneficiaries of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) through video-conferencing.
From the ramparts of the Red Fort I announced that every village will be electrified. We walked the talk and went to every village. We not only focussed on electrification but also reformed the distribution systems across the country: PM @narendramodi #PoweringIndia
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 19, 2018
PM Modi said previous government promised to provide electricity but did little about it.
“In 2005, the then Government promised to electrify every village by 2009. The then President of the ruling party went a step ahead and said we will bring electricity to every home. Needless to say, none of that happened during their long tenure,” PM Modi said.
The PM said that those who have not spent their days in dark, won’t understand the importance of electricity. “People never thought electricity will reach their villages. I am happy to be a part of this change,” PM Modi added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with lakhs of citizens of those villages which have been electrified since 2014.The video conference interaction through NaMo app included beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana – ‘Saubhagya’ scheme.
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