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Every Household to Be Electrified by Dec 31 Under Saubhagya Scheme

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Nine States have achieved complete household electrification under the Saubhagya scheme, according to the Ministry of Power. They are Madhya PradeshTripuraBiharJammu and KashmirUttarakhandMizoramSikkimTelangana and West Bengal, a Power Ministry said. The Ministry had recently lowered the household electrification target by around 10 million homes, or about one-fourth of the earlier goal.

  • This was because some users have opted out of the electrification programme while some houses are not regularly occupied. 
  • With this, 16 States in the country now have 100 per cent household electrification. Many more States such as Maharashtra, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh among others are left with a small number of non-electrified households and are expected to achieve saturation any time. The country is expected to achieve 100 per cent household electrification by December 31, 2018.
  • The Power Ministry also said that 31.68 crore LED bulbs have been distributed under the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LED for All (UJALA) scheme resulting in estimated cost saving of 16,457 crore per year. 
  • The estimated energy savings stand at 41.14 billion kWh per year with the avoided peak demand of 8,237 MW and Green House Gas (GHG) emission reduction of 33.32 million tonne of CO2 a year.
  • The Power Ministry also aims to replace 1.34 crore conventional streetlights with smart and energy efficient LED lights by March, 2019.
  • Till now 74.79 lakh LED street lights have been installed resulting in estimated energy savings of 5.02 billion kWh per year with avoided peak demand of 837 MW and GHG emission reduction of 3.46 million tonne of CO2 a year.

Note

  • The Saubhagya Scheme or Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana is an Indian government project to provide electricity to all households
  • The project was announced in September 2017 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who said that the aim was to complete the electrification process by December 2018.
  • Certain households identified via the Socio-economic and Caste Census (SECC) of 2011 will be eligible for free electricity connections, while others will be charged Rs. 500.