1. PM Narendra Modi offers big bonanza, launches Saubhagya Yojana to provide power to all families in India

PM Narendra Modi offers big bonanza, launches Saubhagya Yojana to provide power to all families in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched the Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana 'Saubhagya' to provide power to all families.

By: | Updated: September 25, 2017 8:51 PM
 Narendra Modi, Saubhagya Yojana, Saubhagya scheme, power for all, RK Singh, electricity, Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana scheme Big announcement by PM. (Photo from ANI)

In a big bonanza for the poor in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched the Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana ‘Saubhagya’ to provide power to all families. The Saubhagya scheme will provide free electricity connection to poor families. The total outlay for Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana is pegged at Rs 16,320 crore and the amount will be funded largely by Centre.

Addressing the gathering after launch of Saubhagya Yojana, PM Modi said, “Less than 3,000 villages remain unelectrified from 18,000 villages that were without power three years back.” India becoming electricity surplus from deficit,” PM added. Also he said four crore out of 25 crore families do not have power connection even after 70 years of independence. Talking about solar power, Modi said, ” Solar power tariff has dipped to Rs 2.44 per unit.” He also mentioned how LED usage is growing day by day. “Households save Rs 13,700 crore annually on account of use of LED lights,” Modi said. “Price of LED bulb has come down from Rs 310 in February 2014 to Rs 40 in September 2017,” Modi added.

Also, Power Minister R K Singh on Monday said that India will achieve the target of power for all by December next year, while all villages will be electrified by the end of this year, much ahead of the schedule. Government had set the deadline for electrifying all villages by May 1, 2018. Similarly, it was aiming to provide 24X7 power to all by March, 2019.

According to Power Minister RK Singh, pre-paid model to be adopted for electricity to all households as per plan. “All homes to be provided electricity by Dec 2018; target to power all unelectrified villages advanced to December 2017,” Power Minister RK Singh confirmed.

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