On Saturday, the power ministry said that the flagship Saubhagya programme has connected 2.82 crore households with electricity.
According to a power ministry statement issued on the four-year anniversary of the Saubhagya programme, 2.82 crore homes have been electrified since its inception.
“As of March 2019, 2.63 crore voluntary un-electrified households in rural and urban parts of the nation have been given power connections in a record period of 18 months,” the report said.
Following that, seven states, including Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Manipur, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh, reported that the scheme covered around 18.85 lakh un-electrified households identified before March 31, 2019, who were initially unwilling to get electricity connections but later expressed their willingness to do so.
The Saubhagya home electrification campaign is one of the biggest in the world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched this programme on September 25th, 2017.
The scheme’s goal was to achieve ‘Universal Household Electrification in the nation by establishing a last-mile connections and supplying power to all un-electrified rural and impoverished urban households.
The Prime Minister promised to offer access to energy as well as strive toward equality, efficiency, and sustainability in the “new era India” as he launched the programme.
The project had a total cost of Rs 16,320 crore, with a GBS of Rs 12,320 crore. The GBS was Rs 10,587.50 crore, while the expenditure for rural families was Rs 14,025 crore. The budget for urban families was Rs 2,295 crore, while the GBS budget was Rs 1,732.50 crore. All states/UTs received funding from the Indian government.
The process began with the ‘Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY),’ which aimed to provide basic electrical infrastructure in rural areas.
The scheme’s primary goal was to enhance the quality and reliability of power supply in rural regions by reinforcing and augmenting existing infrastructure and metering existing feeders/distribution transformers.
To attain universal home electrification in the nation, the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana – Saubhagya aimed to provide last-mile connectivity and electrical connections to all remaining un-electrified houses in rural and urban regions.
The installation of an energy metre, wiring for a single light point with LED bulb, and a mobile charging station were all part of the power connection to homes.
While the scheme’s goals have been met, team SAUBHAGYA has continued to provide high-quality electricity to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
All states have been asked to start specific efforts in their respective states to locate any households that have yet to be connected to the power grid and to supply them with energy. It also announced the establishment of a separate toll-free helpline for this purpose.
Source: Business Standard