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“8 States achieve 100% household electrification under Saubhagya; total 15 States now have 100% household electrification”.

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  1. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes
  2. Infrastructure and related issues.

 

“8 States achieve 100% household electrification under Saubhagya; total 15 States now have 100% household electrification”.

 

8 States have achieved 100% saturation in household electrification under Saubhagya namely Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Bihar, J&K, Mizoram, Sikkim, Telangana and West Bengal.

Saubhagya – ‘Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana’:

  • Its objective is to provide access to electricity connections to all the remaining households in the country.
  • Scheme will provide subsidy on equipment such as transformers, wires and meters.
  • Ministry of Power would be the implementing authority.
  • Power connection will be provided in both rural and urban areas of the country.
  • The scheme was launched on the occasion of the birth centenary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya on 25th

Award Scheme under Saubhagya:

  • An award scheme has been instituted with awards of more than Rs. 300 crore to be won by States/Discoms.
  • The first DISCOM/Power Departments who complete 100% household electrifications will be felicitated with cash award of Rs. 50 Lakh for the employees and 100 crore grants for distribution infrastructure.

The Government is committed to ensure 24×7 access to electricity for all by 31st March 2019.

Benefits to the Citizen:

  • Electrification has direct positive impact on the quality of all aspects of daily life, especially to the women and children.
  • With deeper penetration, significant improvement is expected in other services like education, health, communication, etc.
  • It gives opportunities for economic activities leading to employment generation, increase in income and poverty alleviation.

Source: PIB

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