India to achieve universal household electrification

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

“The 100 percent household electrification under Saubhagya will be achieved by month end. The government has energized 2.44 crores households under the scheme till today,” the official said.

“Around 30,000 families are being provided electricity connection daily. Therefore, the remaining around four lakh households could be powered by the end of this month itself,” the official added.

Achieving 100 percent household electrification was one of the aims of the current 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 R K Singh in Shimla in July 2018, it was resolved to complete the work of energizing all households by December 31, 2018, against the original deadline of March 31, 2019, given under the Saubhagya scheme.

As per the official, the speed of task slowed down in some states due to elections and Maoist problems, while there were some contractual matters 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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