What is Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana [Saubhagya Scheme]
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Saubhagya Scheme (Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana) – The Government of India has introduced the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana to provide electricity to all households in the country, considering the importance of electricity in the socio-economic development of the individual. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched the Saubhagya scheme on 25th September 2017. While implementing the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, the Prime Minister had targeted complete electrification by December 2018.
Under the Saubhagya Scheme, the families covered under Socio-Economic and Caste Census-2011 have been provided with free electricity connection. Other families will have to pay a ₹ 500 fee for the electricity connection. The Government of India launched the official web portal on 16th November 2016 to give detailed information about the Saubhagya Scheme.
Under this scheme, the total project expenditure by the Government of India would be 16320 crores, while the gross budgetary support by the Government of India would be Rs 12320 crores. The connections provided under the Saubhagya scheme will provide five LED lights, an AC fan, and an AC power plug, which will be repaired and maintained by the Government of India for the next five years.
Key Highlights of Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana
|Name of Scheme||Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya Scheme)|
|Launched Year||25th September 2017|
|Type of Scheme||Central Govt. Scheme|
|Launched by||Shri Narender Modi, Prime Minister of India|
|Key People (Ujjwala Man)||Sh. R.K. Singh|
|Present Status of Scheme||Active|
|Eligibility||All BPL & APL Low-Income-families (Free of Cost) and Other Families (Rs. 500/-)|
|Ministry||Ministry of Power, Govt of India|
|Duration of Scheme||Financial Year 2017-18 to 2018-19|
|Purpose of Scheme||To Provide free Electricity Connection to Poor families.|
|Name of Portal||Saubhagya Scheme Portal|
|Official Website||Click Here|
|Twitter Account||Click Here|
|Facebook Account||Click Here|
Under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, the supply of electricity to nearly 91 percent of rural households in the country had been ensured by the Government of India by June 2019. Under the Saubhagya scheme, by October 2018, the Bihar government achieved 100% electrification in Bihar. At present, the Government of India has achieved 100% electrification under the Saubhagya Yojana.
PM Saubhagya Scheme
The Saubhagya scheme was launched in 2017 by the Ministry of Power, Government of India. The goal of the Saubhagya Yojana was to ensure the access of electricity connections to poor households in every household and urban areas living below and above the poverty line living in rural areas. The main goal of the Saubhagya scheme is to provide electricity to every household in the country.
At the time of the launching Saubhagya Scheme, there were about four crore families in the country who had not yet got an electricity connection. These four crore families identified under the Saubhagya Yojana were to provide an electricity connection facility by December 2018. Rural Electrification Corporation was designated as the nodal agency for the implementation of the Saubhagya scheme.
There were clear instructions from the Government of India to give impetus to the Saubhagya Scheme, that DISCOMs would organize camps in villages/mohallas to facilitate the issuance of electricity connections houses as well as to fill the application forms. Electricity provider companies will use digital devices to speed up the application process.
When issuing electricity connection under the scheme, the details of the consumers like name, address, identity documents (Aadhaar number / mobile number/bank account/driving license/voter ID card), etc., will be collected by the electricity provider company itself.
Saubhagya Scheme Portal
The Saubhagya Scheme Portal was launched on 16th November 2017 by the Ministry of Power, Government of India, to implement Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya Yojana). The portal was started by the then Minister of State, Shri RK Singh, Ministry of Power and New & Renewable Energy, Government of India. Saubhagya Scheme Portal has been designed and developed by the National Information Center.
The main objective of the Government of India behind launching this portal was to monitor the electrification process under the Saubhagya Yojana at a fast pace. Through the portal, all types of information related to Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana have been presented and information about village-wise household electrification status across the country.
Scope of Saubhagya Yojana
The Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana provided electricity connections to all non-electrified households in rural areas. Under the scheme, non-electrified houses are located in remote and inaccessible villages/hamlets, where it is impossible to provide electricity lines or incur excessive expenditure. So in such a situation, a solar photovoltaic (SPV) based stand-alone system is provided.
Poor people living below the poverty line living in rural areas have been provided with free connection, while others will have to pay ₹ 500 as an electricity connection fee.
Through the Saubhagya scheme, the government wants to provide electricity to all the remaining economically poor non-electrified families living in urban areas. Non-poor families living in urban areas have not been made part of this scheme.
Saubhagya Scheme Eligibility Criteria
The following families have been included for electricity connection under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana.
- Families with no salter.
- Destitute and family is dependent on initiation.
- Manual Scavenger Family.
- A legally released labor family or individual.
- Families belong to the primitive tribe group.
Free electricity connections will be provided under the Saubhagya scheme to all the families of the above types who have a house/slum/yard.
Families falling under the following seven parameters are also included within the free electricity connection under Saubhagya Yojana.
- Families with only one room, a kucha wall, and a kucha roof house.
- Family with no adult member between the age of 16 and 59 years.
- Family of a female head in which no adult male member is between 16 and 59 years of age.
- Family of a disabled person with no competent adult member.
- Families belong to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
- Families in which adults above 25 years of age are not educated.
- Landless families whose major share of income comes from manual casual labor.
Note- The families have also been included under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, which does not fall in the above categories. They do not yet have an electricity connection at their home. But it is compulsory to give ₹ 500 as a fee for getting electricity connection to the houses as mentioned above.
Features of Saubhagya Scheme
- Beneficiary families under Saubhagya Scheme have been identified based on the Social, Economic, and Caste-based Census 2011.
- Electricity connections provided under the scheme will be provided free of cost.
- Apart from the SECC 2011 data, the family which has not got an electricity connection are covered under the scheme. But they will have to pay extra for this.
- Households outside the SECC 2011 figures will have to pay a ₹ 500 fee to the power company.
- The electricity provider company will add an amount of ₹ 500 to consumers’ electricity bills in 10 installments.
- The Saubhagya Yojana includes providing facilities such as line cables, prepaid/smart meters, energy meters including single-point wiring, etc., during power connections in non-electrified homes.
- LED lamps and related accessories will be provided with technical specifications and construction standards.
- There is a provision to provide power packs of 200 to 300 WP (with battery bank) with a maximum of 5 LED lights, 1 DC Fan, 1 DC power plug, etc., in respect of non-electrified houses located in remote and inaccessible areas.
- Under the Saubhagya scheme, electricity consumers will be provided with repair and maintenance for five years and make the devices as mentioned above available.
- Under the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY Scheme), all private sector electricity provider companies, State Electricity Department, and Rural Electricity Cooperative Societies will be eligible for financial assistance.
- State Electricity Boards, electrification projects under any other scheme even before the inception of the scheme have been included under this scheme.
- Some eligible institutions are still providing free connections to BPL families already approved under the DDUGJY scheme.
- Suppose such units cannot find a sufficient number of BPL families in the project area under the DDUGJY scheme. In that case, such families will not be considered for financing service connection costs under the Saubhagya scheme to avoid any possibility of duplication.
- Under the Saubhagya Yojana, details of consumers like name, address, identity card (Aadhaar number / mobile number/bank/driving license/voter ID card), etc., will be collected by the electricity provider companies (DISCOMS), whichever is available.
- The consumer doesn’t need to possess any particular document to get the electricity connection.
- Families whose connection has already been cut as a defaulter will not benefit from the Saubhagya Scheme.
- The electricity provider company may consider reconnection if such a person pays the old bills.
- Under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, the total project expenditure by the Government of India will be 16320 crores. In comparison, the Government of India will spend Rs 12320 crores as gross budgetary support.
- 14025 crore has been spent on rural areas and Rs 2295 crore on urban areas under this scheme.
- States have been divided into two main categories for funding under Saubhagya Scheme. Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu, Kashmir, and all the northeast states are included in the special category. Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep have also been included in the special category.
- Under the Saubhagya scheme, 85% of the plan cost will be provided to special states by the Government of India and 60% of the plan cost to other states.
- Nearly three crore low-income families have been covered under this scheme, excluding non-poor urban households.
- The Monitoring Committee constituted for Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana will issue operational guidelines for implementing the Saubhagya Scheme under the chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Power. This committee will monitor the entire scheme.
- Rural Electrification Corporation Limited has been appointed as the nodal agency for the implementation of the Saubhagya Yojana.
- The monitoring system of Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana and the Institutional Mechanism of DISHA will adopt this scheme.
- Under the Saubhagya scheme, Gram Panchayat / public institutions have been given participation in the application form, documentation, and bill distribution work in rural areas.
- Under this scheme, ₹ 50000 per household has been spent on a solar photovoltaic (SPV) based stand-alone system on supplying electricity to the houses located in the areas.
How to View the Status of Prime Minister Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana?
The Government of India had launched the Saubhagya Portal to monitor the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, i.e., Saubhagya Yojana. Through this portal, any citizen can get information about electrification online in any part of the country. If a person wants to get information about the electrification of a particular region of the country under the PM Saubhagya scheme, follow the steps given below.
- First of all, visit the official website of Prime Minister Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana Portal. The official website home page will open.
- Select your State from the State’s drop-down list in the Header above the navigation menu on the Home Page.
- As soon as you select your State, the selected State’s electrification information will be displayed on the screen of your system. Select your district from the drop-down list of the district.
- As soon as you select your district, the electrification of the selected district will be displayed on the screen. Choose your village from the village’s drop-down list.
- After this, choose Type of Area & Discom. As soon as you select your village, the selected village’s electrification details will be displayed on your system’s screen.
- You can also get information about the electrification of a particular location by clicking on the Particular portion of the map displayed in the Saubhagya Dashboard.
Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana is also known as Saubhagya Yojana. The scheme was started by Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, keeping in mind the low-income families deprived of electricity connection even after 70 years of independence. Indian Government has spent 16000 crore rupees on the Saubhagya Scheme. Almost all the states of the country had achieved the target of 100% electrification by 2019, except the State of Chhattisgarh.
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