Saubhagya Scheme Launched in Uttar Pradesh– Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana

Published Date - 15 February 2018 12:20:20 Updated Date - 15 February 2018 12:20:52

The Saubhagya scheme is now all set to work in Uttar Pradesh. This is an electrification scheme which aims to provide electricity to the poor. The aim of this scheme is to ensure that the underprivileged are not deprived of electricity.

Launch Details

The Saubhagya scheme was launched in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, 17th December 2017. 2300 sub stations of power distribution launched the scheme on this day and aided several houses on the first day itself. However, the first phase of scheme might take December 2018 to come into fruition.

Uttar Pradesh Saubhagya Scheme

The important features of this scheme are as follows:-

  • UP Govt. has identified 153.7 lakh families in rural areas and 3.02 lakh families in urban areas (total 157 lakh families) which does not possess an electricity connection.
  • This accounts to around 40% of the total 4 crore households in the country not having any power connection.
  • UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) will spend Rs. 7,100 crore on this project. Furthermore, Central govt. and State govt. contribution ratio is 60:40.
  • BPL families whose name appears in the SECC-2011 list will get free metered connections. However, other families can get connections for Rs. 500 in 10 installments with their electricity bills.
  • This scheme is launched simultaneously at 2,300 power distribution sub-stations across the state. Moreover, Yogi govt. also provides 1 lakh connections at the launch of this scheme.
  • Saubhagya scheme in UP will provide metered connections and the documents necessary to get these connections are Aadhar Card, Voter Card, Driving License, Bank Account. After the successful verification of personal details, state govt. will provide electricity connections.
 

Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (PM-SBHGY)

UP govt. is carrying forward the Rs. 16,320 crore Saubhagya Scheme of the central government. PM Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana aims to provide electricity connections to 4 . an outlay of Rs 14,025 crore for the rural families and Rs 2,295 crore for the urban families.

Central Govt. will identify beneficiaries for free connections using SECC 2011 data. However, other households have to pay Rs. 500 to be recovered by the Power Distribution Companies (DISCOMs) in 10 equal installments through their electricity bills. The Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) will operate this scheme throughout the country.

Conclusion

This scheme will benefit the poor people who do not have electricity at their homes. At the same time it will ensure that more and more people are covered under the electricity board. The problem of electricity is huge in the rural part of the country. Hence, it is mandatory to address it. The UP government has taken a really positive step to make sure it is done by the end of 2018.

 


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