PM launches 'Saubhagya' schemes, targets electricity for all

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make an announcement regarding the launch of an important scheme for the welfare of poor people today.

Under the new scheme, consumers belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families will avail power free of charge.

The scheme aims at production of 40,000 mega-watt of electricity through solar and wind energy. Heaping praise on the benefits of both demonetisation and GST, Shah said these measures would curb black money and bring more transparency in the system.

Even the gold deposit scheme failed. However, the statement said that un-electrified households not covered under the SECC data would also be provided electricity connections under the scheme on payment of Rs500 which shall be recovered by power distribution companies in 10 instalments through electricity bills.

In a big bonanza for the poor in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched the Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana "Saubhagya" to provide power to all families.

Modi's push to "Ujjawala Yojya", cooking gas or LPG supply to households in semi-urban and rural areas has already resulted in tangible gains, both socially and electorally, to the BJP. For the urban households, the outlay is Rs2,295 crore while GBS is Rs1,732.50 crore.

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The "Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana" will be funded largely by the Centre.

The states will need to complete the electrification by December 2018 and the government will identify those eligible for free electricity connections across the country.

The Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) will remain the nodal agency for the operationalization of the scheme throughout the country.

He said that a quick work is happening on Gram Jyoti Yojana and IPDS in rural and urban areas respectively. However, the Power Ministry is expected to electrify all inhabited villages by December this year. "A total of 18,000 villages were without power three years back", he said. He said less than 3000 villages are now left to be electrified.

He said that the life of the poor will only improve when they get electricity.

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