New Delhi, Nov 29: The Government on Thursday said eight states have achieved 100 per cent saturation in household electrification under Saubhagya namely Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Sikkim, Telangana and West Bengal.
Therefore, a total 15 states in the country now have 100 per cent household electrification, Union Power and Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh said after the ‘Review, Planning & Monitoring (RPM) meeting with states and state power utilities’ here.
Saubhagya – ‘Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana’ was launched in September, 2017 with the objective to provide access to electricity to all the remaining households in the country. The Minister informed that as many as 2.1 crore connections have been released under Saubhagya so far.
“Many more states like Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are left with small number of un-electrified households and expected to achieve saturation any time,” he said, adding that with the present pace of electrification, nation is expected to achieve 100 per cent saturation in the country by December 31, 2018.
The Minister said, “Achievement of 100 per cent household electrification in the country would be a major milestone in the direction to achieve 24x7 power for all. The Government is committed to ensure 24x7 access to electricity for all by 31st March 2019.”
In order to ensure that no un-electrified household is left in the states which have already achieved 100 per cent household electrification, they have been requested to take up campaign to publicise the achievement all across the areas, so that anyone left out for any reasons may avail electricity connection under Saubhagya.
For creating healthy competition amongst various DISCOMs and Power Departments of states, an award scheme has been instituted with awards of more than Rs 300 crore to be won by states or discoms. The first DISCOM/Power Departments to complete 100 per cent household electrification will be felicitated with cash award of Rs 50 lakh for the employees and Rs 100 crore grant to be spent for distribution infrastructure.
The Minister said the states completing 100 per cent household electrification by December 31, 2018 will also receive additional grant of 15 per cent of the project cost sanctioned under Saubhagya. (UNI)