Government to launch Saubhagya scheme for household electrification

Government to launch Saubhagya scheme for household electrification

He said the connections will be delivered at the doors of the rural poor for which they would not have to go after the government officials.

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

"At the first meeting on rural electrification after taking over as PM, the department said it will take seven years".

The Government of India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday constituted an Economic Advisory Committee (EAC).

The government's scheme is aimed at providing door-to-door power connections. "All homes to be provided electricity by Dec 2018; target to power all unelectrified villages advanced to December 2017", Power Minister RK Singh confirmed.

The Saubhagya Yojana envisages power for all, including some free connections for rural households.

"(Now) there is a new approach, new policies and multidimensional steps", he said. "Households save Rs 13,700 crore annually on account of use of LED lights", Modi said.

The gross budgetary support for the scheme will be Rs 12,320 cr.

The total purview of the Saubhagya Yojana is pegged at Rs 16,320 crore and it will be funded largely by the government at the Centre.

The scheme aims to provide and an alternate to kerosene.

Narendra Modi also said that the government is looking at a power formula of "one nation, one grid, one price".

He concluded his speech by saying how equity, sustainability and efficiency are important markers for New India and a clean energy-saving future. Those who are not on the list will be charged Rs 500 for the connection which will be paid in 10 easy instalments. Beneficiaries of the Saubhagya scheme shall be identified and their applications for electricity connections along with applicant photographs and identity proof shall be registered on the spot. However, the power ministry is expected to electrify all villages by December this year.

According to GARV portal, out of the 18,452 villages, 14,483 villages have been electrified so far.