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Post at: Apr 12 2022

SAUBHAGYA- Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana

Recent Context

  • 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.

Key Highlights

  • 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.

Conclusion

  • 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.
     


 


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