Context: The Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy has informed about the status of implementation and coverage of the SAUBHAGYA Scheme in the country. About Saubhagya (Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana) Scheme:
  • It was launched in October, 2017 focusing on last mile connectivity and electricity connections to all the unelectrified households in the country.
  • It is a concurrent program to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti.
Objectives of Scheme:
  • Provide last mile connectivity and electricity connection to all un-electrified households in rural areas;
  • Extend electricity connection to all remaining economically poor un electrified households in urban areasNon-poor urban households are excluded from this scheme.
  • Implement Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) based standalone system for un-electrified households located in remote and inaccessible villages/habitations, where grid extension is not feasible or cost effective.
Salient features:
  • Free metered connection for economically poor households and a charge of Rs. 500 (adjusted in electricity bills in 10 monthly instalments) for households other than poor, only after release of connection.
  • Establishing camps in villages/ cluster of villages for on spot registration
  • Use of Mobile App for identification of beneficiaries and electronic registration including requisite documentation
  • Web based near real-time monitoring and updating of progress
  • Flexibility to States in mode of implementation
News Source: PIB

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