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No Home Will be Without Power, Says PM

No Home Will be Without Power, Says PM”

The scheme was launched to provide electricity to all household by March 31, 2019.

Discussing the economy, Shah said it had become stronger under the Narendra Modi-led government than it was under the UPA. "The government's priority is fulfilling the aspiration of the poor".

He said the connections will be delivered at the doorsteps of the rural poor and they will not have to go after government officials.

The Centre said the total purview of the scheme is Rs 16,320 crore, and the government's budgetary assistance is Rs 12,320 crore. The scheme will cover all rural families after electrification of all villages by December end, this year.

Under the Saubhagya Yojana general category states will get a grant of 60 percent from the government while, the special category states will be bestowed with 85 percent grant.

Saubhagya Yojana aims to provide access electricity to all willing households, substitute to kerosene, improvement in educational services, improvement in health services, improvement in communication, increase in job opportunities, better quality of life particularly for women in all chores.

This was not Modi's first attempt at providing free electricity to all.

Meanwhile, the power minister RK Singh in his conversation with CNBC-TV18 last week had said that the law will also ensure that power purchase agreements (PPAs) are not violated and in fact more are signed.

Modi kept up this promise partially. According to an IndiaSpend analysis, of 18,452 unelectrified villages, 76.58 percent or 14,132 villages were electrified in around 750 days from July 2015, when the scheme was launched, (as of June 2017), according to government data.

Households in remote areas where it is not feasible to provide electricity will be provided with solar power packs of 200 to 300 Wp (Watt peak).



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