PM Narendra Modi reviews household electrification scheme

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reviewed the progress of household electrification under the ‘Saubhagya’ scheme, focusing on last mile connectivity and distribution of power in urban and rural areas, a PMO statement said.
The prime minister had yesterday reviewed the progress in the key infrastructure sectors of power, renewable energy, petroleum and natural gas, coal and mining.The review meeting, which lasted for over two hours, was attended by top officials from infrastructure-related ministries, NITI Aayog and the Prime Minister’s Office.Progress in household electrification under the ‘Saubhagya’ initiative was reviewed. The discussions focused on last mile connectivity and distribution in both urban and rural areas, the PMO statement said.In September 2017, the PM had launched the ‘Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana -Saubhagya’ to ensure electrification of all willing households in the country in rural as well as urban areas.Under thescheme, states and Union Territories are required to complete the works of household electrification by December 31, 2018.The beneficiaries for free electricity connections would be identified using Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data.
However, un-electrified households not covered under SECC data would also be provided electricity connections under the scheme on payment of Rs 500 which will be recovered by discoms in 10 instalments through electricity bills.