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PM launches last mile electric connectivity scheme

Agencies, New Delhi

Declaring that the power crisis was a thing of past and the country was moving towards becoming a power surplus nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched ‘Saubhagya’ – Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana. The scheme aims at providing ‘last mile electricity’ connectivity to all rural and urban households till March 31, 2019.

Mr Modi made the announcement on the occasion of the 101th birth anniversary of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue Pt Deendayal Upadhyay. He said there were still more than four crore households or 25 per cent of the total in the country that did not have electricity connection. Wondering ‘whether these households were still living in the 18th century’, he said under the scheme launched today, electricity would be provided to these households completely free of charge.

He said in his ‘New India’ , no household will remain without electricity. Rs 16,000 will be spent on the scheme to bring about monumental change in the life of the poor and the society as a whole. Pointing out that in 2014, he had declared from the Red Fort that electricity would be taken to 18,000 villages in 1000 days, and today just 3,000 villages out of these had been left to be covered.

The Prime Minister said achieving surplus in power had been possible with various multi-pronged steps taken by the government. While transparency had been brought in the allocation of coal blocs, a sector that had seen multi-crore scams in the past, emphasis had also been placed in developing renewable sources of energy like solar and wind power, he said.

More than 60,000 MW increase had taken place in installed Power capacity owning to the various measure taken by the government in the last three years, he said. During this period, the installed capacity in renewable energy had been increased by 27,000 MW, he said.

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