On the occasion of Deen Dayal Upadhaya’s birth anniversary Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a number of gifts for rural India. PM Modi launched the Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana ‘Saubhagya’ to provide power to all families in India by December 2018. Under this scheme all the poor families in India will be provided 5 LED lights, 1 bulb and a fan.
10 highlights of ‘Saubhagya’ scheme:
- The total budget of the scheme is Rs 16,320 Cr. The scheme also aims at benefiting more than 2 crore people.
- The target to provide electricity to every household would be achieved by the end of 2019 under this scheme.
- The scheme aims at production of 40,000 mega-watt of electricity through solar and wind energy.
- The total cost incurred on electrification of rural India would be Rs. 14025 Cr and Rs 2295 Cr would be spent for the electrification of Urban India.
- Under this scheme subsidy would be given on transformers, meters and wires so that electricity would be made available to the poor for free.
- For the implementation of this scheme 60% of the amount would be given by the Central government, State government will incur 10% of the cost and rest 30% would be taken from the bank in form of a loan.
- Places where electricity cannot be provided would be give 200 to 300 VP solar power pack which would constitute of 5 LED bulbs, 1 DC fan and 10 power plugs.
- The scheme aims to provide and an alternate to kerosene. This scheme will also provide better educational facilities and job opportunities.
- For free electricity connection under this scheme 2011 census would be used to identify the needful. Those who are not listed in the census will be charged Rs 500 for the service. The Rs 500 charges will be added to the electricity bill and will be collected in 10 instalments.
- Central government will take help of a Mobile App to curate information and provide electricity to everyone. This scheme would prove beneficial for the household, especially for women.