SAUBHAGYA- Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana
Recently, in February 2022, Ministry of Power told the Lok Sabha that Rajasthan has the maximum households electrified through the Solar-based Standalone System.
While hill states of Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir had nil beneficiaries under the initiative.
About SAUBHAGYA Scheme
The Prime Minister launched Saubhagya scheme on 25th September 2017 to achieve universal household electrification covering every village and every district in the country.
Universal household electrification requires creation of electricity access through last mile connectivity.
Scheme outlay is 16,320 crore including Gross Budgetary Support of 12,320 crore.
Under the Saubhagya scheme, as many as 1,23,682 households were electrified through solar-based standalone system in Rajasthan, followed by Chhattisgarh (65,373), Uttar Pradesh (53,234), Assam (50,754), Bihar (39,100).
Solar-based standalone system for electrification of households were not provided in Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir.
Under the Saubhagya Scheme, 2.817 crore households were electrified up to March 31, 2021, including 4.16 lakh through solar-based standalone systems.
The scheme provides last mile connectivity and electricity connections to all un-electrified households in rural areas.
Providing Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) based standalone system for an-electrified households located in remote and inaccessible villages/habitations, where grid extension is not feasible or cost effective.