Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, or ‘Saubhagya,’ which is expected to provide “last mile electricity connectivity to all rural and urban households.” Here are 10 facts about the scheme:
* Saubhagya does not envisage any subsidy for electricity consumption. That is, consumers will have to pay the bill as per their utilisation.
* The government said that the scheme will ensure “a substitute to kerosene”. By substituting kerosene use in rural areas it would save import expenditure.
* The government said this scheme will inject more than Rs 16000 crore in the economy to create assets, which in turn will add more investment in the economy and create jobs.
*The total outlay for Saubhagya is Rs 16,320 crore.
*The outlay for rural households is Rs 14,025 crore, while that for urban households is Rs 2,295 crore. The urban non-poor are excluded from the scheme.
*Rs 12,320 crore has been earmarked as gross budgetary support for Saubhagya.
*The Union government will provide a 60 per cent grant toward funding the scheme, while the states will provide a 10 per cent grant. The remaining amount will be covered by loans.
*States and Union Territories are required to complete household electrification by March 31, 2019
*The beneficiaries for free electricity connections will be identified using Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data. Non-SECC candidates will pay Rs. 500 for connection. This is expected to be recovered in 10 instalments.