The government is likely to achieve its 100 percent household electrification target in the country ahead of Republic Day as it has already energized 2.39 crore out of the targeted 2.49 crore households under Rs 16,320 crore Saubhagya scheme.
“The 100 percent household electrification under ‘Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana’ (Saubhagya) would be achieved ahead of Republic day (January 26, 2019). The government has energized 2.39 crore households under the scheme till today,” the official said.
However, the state power ministers meet chaired by Power Minister R K Singh in Shimla in July 2018, had resolved to complete the task of energizing all households in the country by December 31, 2018, against the deadline of March 31, 2019.
Now, it said that only about 10.48 lakh households are left to be electrified in 4 states like Assam, Rajasthan, Meghalaya, and Chhattisgarh. These states are also taking all concerted efforts to achieve, at the earliest, saturation of household electrification in their respective states.
Since the launch of Saubhagya in Uttar Pradesh, 74.4 lakh households have been electrified and the state has declared saturation of all 75 districts.
The government of Uttar Pradesh has launched a special campaign in all parts of the state to identify any left out un-electrified households and to provide electrical connections to such households.
Under the campaign, a special vehicle ‘Saubhagya Rath’, is moving around in villages/towns and any left out households may approach them to avail electricity connection under the scheme. Also, any left out household requiring electricity connection may dial 1912 to avail the facility.
The Centre had launched Saubhagya scheme in September 2017, to achieve the goal of universal household electrification in the country by March 31, 2019.
The scheme envisages providing last mile connectivity and electricity connections to all remaining households in rural as well as urban areas.