PM Modi Saubhagya Scheme Details, wiki: Narendra Modi launches ‘Saubhagya’ scheme to make ‘electricity for all’ a reality.
The Rs16,320 crore Saubhagya scheme will provide electricity connections to over 4 crore families in rural and urban areas by December 2018, ahead of the earlier target of March 2019.
Saubhagya Scheme Details
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, or ‘Saubhagya,’ which is expected to provide ‘last mile electricity connectivity to all rural and urban households.’
Here are 10 facts about the scheme:
*Saubhagya aims to provide “access to electricity to all willing households.” The scheme will provide free power connections to poor families
*The total outlay is pegged at Rs 16,320 crore
*The outlay for rural households is Rs 14,025 crore, while that for urban households is Rs 2,295 crore
*Rs 12,320 crore has been earmarked as gross budgetary support for Saubhagya
*The Union government will provide a 60 per cent grant toward funding the scheme, while the states will provide a 10 per cent grant. The remaining amount will be covered by loans
*The beneficiaries for free electricity connections will be identified using Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data
*Unelectrified households not covered under SECC data will also be provided connections on payment of Rs 500, which shall be recovered by DISCOMs in 10 installments through electricity bills
*The government has said that the scheme will ensure “a substitute to kerosene; improvement in educational and health services, communications, public safety, and job opportunities”
*It is hoped that Saubhagya will improve “quality of life, especially for women, in daily chores”
*States and Union Territories are required to complete household electrification by March 31, 2019