Modi unveils “Saubhagya yojana”, a free electricity scheme for the poor


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled the Saubhagya – Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana scheme to provide uninterrupted power to all households across India on the occasion of birth centenary celebration of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.

The announcement made at the headquarters of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC)’s new corporate office in New Delhi will reinforce BJP’s electricity-for-all promise.

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The electricity-for-all scheme aims to provide free electricity to all rural and urban households with a total outlay of ?16,320 crore, which is to be funded largely by the Centre. The outlay for rural households is estimated to be Rs 14,025 crore and for the urban households, the outlay is estimated to be Rs 2,295 crore.

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“It’s unfortunate that 4 crore households in the country have no access to electricity” Narendra Modi said after launching the scheme. “The Saubhagya scheme will ensure door-to-door power connections for all households in rural as well as urban areas.”

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During the launch the Prime Minister said “From Jan Dhan to Swachh Bharat, Stand up India to Start up India, all schemes are for the benefit of the poor,” says the Prime Minister. Who would have thought a government would come that would open bank accounts for 30 crore people.”