India set to achieve 100% household electrification by Jan-end under Saubhagya scheme; official says only 3.58 lakh homes await power

New Delhi: India is all set to achieve 100 percent household electrification by the month end, with 2.44 crore families having received power connections out of the targeted 2.48 crore under the Rs 16,320-crore Saubhagya scheme, an official said. The Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) was launched in September 2017.

"The 100 percent household electrification under Saubhagya will be achieved by month end. The government has energised 2.44 crore households under the scheme till today," the official said. "Around 30,000 families are being provided electricity connection every day. Therefore, the remaining around four lakh households could be energised by the end of this month itself."

Representational Image. Reuters

Representational Image. Reuters

Achieving 100 percent household electrification was one of the aims of the present government. However, it could not meet the self-imposed deadline of December 2018 for the scheme.

At a meeting of state power ministers, chaired by union Power Minister RK Singh in Shimla in July 2018, it was resolved to complete the task of energising all households by 31 December, 2018, against the original deadline of 31 March, 2019 provided under the Saubhagya scheme.

As per the official, the speed of work slowed down in some states due to elections and Maoist problems, while there were some contractual issues as well in a few states.

According to the Saubhagya portal, about 3.58 lakh households are left to be electrified in four states — Assam (1,63,016), Rajasthan (88,219), Meghalaya (86,317) and Chhattisgarh (20,293).

The Saubhagya scheme envisages providing last mile connectivity and electricity connections to all remaining households in rural as well as urban areas.

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Updated Date: Jan 21, 2019 08:56:09 IST

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