The Power Connectivity Scheme For All “Saubhagya “Launched By PM Modi
The initiation of the “Saubhagya” scheme related to the “Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bihli Har Ghar Yojana” promises total electrification of India till December 2018. An allocation of 16,000 crore has been done for bringing a huge transformation in the life of the poor. The Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi expressed that after 70 years of freedom, four crore households are still existing with no electricity. Moreover, he mentioned that when he took charge, he promised power supply in 18,000 villages and at present only 3,000 are left.
Under the Saubhagya scheme, no impoverished family will have to pay for power connections. The electrification of villages would be completed by December 2017, before the set 1 May 2018 deadline. He told that earlier breaking news used to be flashed with regard to power breakdown due to coal shortage for the power plants, but such situation has been altered now, and the country is heading towards a surplus of power.
Modi also held that the tariff on solar power had declined to Rs.2.44 for every unit and also admitted the advantages of utilizing LED bulbs in houses that brings an annual saving of rs.13,700 crore. He also pressed upon ONGC to employ its start-up funds of Rs 100 crore to produce electric cooking gadgets that are user-friendly, as it would benefit lowering fuel consumption.
The official announcement places the total outlay of the Saubhagya scheme at Rs.16,320 crore, with the Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) being Rs. 12,320 crore. The rural households outlay stands at Rs.14,025 crore , though the GBS is Rs 10,587.50 crore. However, 1.5 crore of such rural households have been electrified by the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY). The outlay for urban houses is Rs2,295 crore, although the GBS is Rs 1,732.50 crore.
The funds for the project would be hugely granted by the Centre for the States plus Union territories. The Prime Minister added further about the increase of the power back up by seven times and the inching by New India towards the concept of one nation, one grid and one price. His speech concluded with the way equity, sustainability and efficiency performed as significant pointers for New India and a future for clean energy-saving. States and Union Territories have to attain the target of total electrification of household by March 31, 2019.
The recipients for free power connections are to be screened employing Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) statistics of 2011, as mentioned by the BJP. Moreover, unelectrified houses that are not under the ambit of SECC data would be transmitted electricity under the project for a payment of Rs.500 which are to be retrieved by the DISCOMS through ten installments via electricity bills.
The solar power packs for houses that are unelectrified in inaccessible and far-flung regions comprise of 200 to 300 Wp along with battery banks that contains five LED lights and one DC fan and a single power plug. The Saubhagya scheme beneficiaries would be traced and their applications seeking power connections, photographs and ID verification shall be registered there and then.
The application form would be gathered by the authorized gram panchayat or the public institution for the rural regions along with total documentation, dispatch bills and revenue will be acquired after deliberations with the Panchayat Raj organization and urban local associations.
The Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) will be the nodal authority for implementing the scheme across the country. The government is toiling hard for electrification of every village and desires to attain 24/7 supply for everyone by March 2019 as discussed in the statement.
The Prime Minister had declared in the Independence Day speech in 2015 to electrify the left over 18,452 villages that were unelectrified within a span of 1000 days. Meanwhile the minister of power is anticipated to electrify every village dwelling by December 2017.
Above all, the Saubhagya scheme is a big push towards total electrification of all households by the completion of December 2018. This projects successful finalization can also help in bestowing the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) an effective campaign slogan before the arrival of the general elections. It can also slightly bolster the economy by improving the sales of transmission for the last-mile and also the metering appliances. The extensive demand for power supply that had receded for some time is also expected to get a boost.