Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday evening announced an important scheme for the poor, Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna-Saubhagya scheme. The Saubhagya Yojana is to cost Rs 16,320 crore and is aimed to benefit at least 3 crore families in the country. The government intends to deliver electricity connections to the poor of both rural and urban areas by March 31, 2019. Also, it has promised to give 5 LED lights, 1 bulb and a fan to the poor families across India.

While addressing media post the executive meeting, the Finance Minister also said that the main point of PM Modi’s speech during the meet was that they should take BJP beyond the agenda of elections and make it an instrument of mass participation.

Following are the latest updates:


08:15 PM | We hope this Saubhagya scheme will bring light in people’s lives.

08:00 PM | Over 26 crore LED bulbs have been distributed, leading to Rs 13,700 crore worth savings by households. 

07:55 PM | Before I came to power, LED bulbs used to cost about Rs 310 which now costs Rs 40.

07:48 PM | Not just every village of New India but every household of New India will have electricity connections. We are moving from ‘Bijli Sankat’ to ‘Bijli Surplus: PM Modi

07:45 PM | This government has resolved to change the fortunes of the poor in the country and hence, no charges will be levied on poor families for these electricity connections.

07:40 PM | When electricity connections will reach these households, only then their fortunes will shine brightly: PM Modi on Saubhagya scheme

07:36 PM | 4 crore families in the country still don’t have electricity. It’s unfortunate that people have to light up their homes with candles

o7:36 PM | We care about the families who don’t have access to electricity: PM Modi

07:35 PM | From Jan Dhan Yojana to Swachh Bharat, Stand Up India to Start Up India, all the schemes are pro-poor: PM Modi

07:30 PM | Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes charge of the podium

07:15 PM | Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan begins his address to the gathering present

07:04 PM | Camps will be set up across the nation to provide these connections: RK Singh

07:00 PM | While addressing the gathering, MoS RK Singh said that the government will implement the use of smart prepaid meters which can be charged through mobiles.

06:55 PM | PM Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli har Ghar Yojna-Saubhagya scheme

06:37 PM | Other members of the Economic Advisory Council constituted by PM Modi are Surjit Bhalla, Rathin Roy, Ashima Goyal and Ratan Watal

06:35 PM | PM Narendra Modi has constituted an Economic Advisory Council with Bibek Debroy as its Chairman