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PM to launch 'power for all' scheme on Sept 25: R K Singh

Power Minister R.K.Singh said at The India Power Conclave organized by Network18 that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce a big scheme for providing power for all 24 x 7 on September 25, which happens to be the birth anniversary of RSS ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.

Though the minister did not say anything in detail about the announcement, it is said that it is likely to deal with giving power rural families after electrification of all villages by December this year.

In 2015, PM Modi had said that the government has set a 1000 day target to electrify about 18, 000 villages which do not have electricity. And in 2016, in his Independence Day Speech he said, "I can say that not even the half of the 1,000 days have passed, we are far away from the half way mark, and yet 10,000 villages out of 18,000 have received electricity.

According to government sources, the scheme will be named 'Saubhagya' and provide subsidy on equipment like transformers, meters and wires.

The scheme was listed on the agenda of Cabinet meeting held earlier this week.

About the scheme, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had told reporters after the Cabinet meeting, "Once we take a decision, we will tell you about that."

The government has been working hard to electrify all villages in the country and wants to achieve 24X7 power for all by 2019.

On power sector reforms, Singh talked about bringing legislative changes for introducing stricter rules for enforcing power purchase agreements.

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