Saubhagya – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Ghar Yojana on 25th of September 2017. The scheme is meant to provide free electricity for 4 crore households across India in both rural and urban areas. In this scheme Government of India to provide electricity connection aiming the lower middle class people of the society.
The announcement was made on the occasion of the birth centenary celebration of Bharatiya Jana Sangh politician and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.
All about Saubhagya Scheme:
- The total budget of the scheme is INR 16,320 crore
- The division in funding : 60% Government of India grant, 10% Utilities/State contribution, 30% loans
- The eligibility for free electricity will be identified on the basis of Socio-Economic Census of 2011
- For special category states the percentage of government grant will be 85% while the states will be contributing 5%
- The scheme will also be applicable for those who are not eligible. They will be provided electricity at a sum of Rs 500 which will recovered in 10 installments through electricity bill
- Solar Power pack of 200 to 300 WP will be provided for those households who are in remote areas
- The Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) has been appointed as the nodal agency for the implementation of the Saubhagya scheme
- A mobile app will be used to identify and register beneficiaries under the scheme
- The Government of India expects that the scheme will help in up-gradation of environment by reducing the use of kerosene, improve education services, health services and will result in increased economic activities
The scheme aims to cover all rural households by December end, this year. The government also announced that states and union territories need to complete the process of electrification by March 31, 2019. The Prime Minister was speaking at a function to launch “Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna” – at the renovated ONGC Bhavan, renamed after BJP ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya.