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.
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.”
to government sources, the scheme will be named 'Saubhagya' and provide subsidy on equipment like transformers,
meters and wires.
was listed on the agenda of Cabinet meeting held earlier this week.
scheme, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had told reporters after the Cabinet
meeting, "Once we take a decision, we will tell you about that."
has been working hard to electrify all villages in the country and wants to
achieve 24X7 power for all by 2019.
sector reforms, Singh talked about bringing legislative changes for introducing
stricter rules for enforcing power purchase agreements.