Prime Minister Narendra Modi on
25 September 2017 launched Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli
Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) here at Deendayal Urja Bhawayn, the
new corporate office of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).
Under Saubhagya, the government plans to ensure electrification of all
households in the country in rural as well as urban areas at a cost of Rs
16,320 crore with the central government providing a gross budgetary support of
Rs 12,320 crore.
‘Understanding how life
is without electricity, it is necessary for us, you, every person who has
electricity connection. When the electricity connection will reach these
homes in the uninterrupted power, then their fate will shine, then it will be
good luck for them’, PM Modi said adding ‘To deliver electricity connections in
every poor house of the country, the expenditure will be more than Rs. 16
thousand crores. We have decided that its burden will not be put on any
Under the scheme, states and union territories are expected to complete
total electrification in their respective states by 31 March 2019. The scheme
will be funded 60 per cent by the central government (85 per cent of special
category states), 10 per cent by states (five per cent for special category
states) and 31 per cent by loans through banks (10 per cent for special
Also, the government
plans to provide free electricity connections identified using Socio Economic
and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data. Un-electrified households not covered under
SECC data would also be provided electricity connections under the scheme on the
payment of Rs 500 which will be recovered by DISCOMs in ten instalments through
The government also plans to provide solar power packs of 200 Watt
peak – 300 Watt peak capacity with battery bank for un-electrified households
located in remote and inaccessible areas and also provide five LED lights, one DC fan,
one DC power plug as well as repair and maintenance for five years.
The government will provide additional grant of 50 per cent of loan component
under the scheme if 100 per cent household electrification of all households is
achieved by 31 December 2018.
On the occasion, PM Modi also dedicated
'Deendayal Urja Bhawan', booster compressor facility in Bassien Gas Field and
paperless office project 'DISHA'.