Over 78% of households in the country electrified: Power Minister R K Singh

New Delhi: Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri Raj Kumar Singh, in a reply to a question on the status of electrified rural households in the country today informed the Rajya Sabha that out of the total 18.10 crore rural households in the country, around 14.16 crore households (78.24%) have been electrified. The status of the electrified rural houses in the States is updated by the respective State DISCOMs on the Saubhagya web-portal. Further, Ministry of Power has taken the help of Department of Posts for survey of un-electrified households in five States viz. Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, the Minister added.

So far, Government of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have submitted 151 DPRs (77 rural grid + 27 rural off-grid+ 47 urban) on the online portal. Sanctions under Saubhagya are made against techno-economic appraisals and approvals of DPRs received, and disbursals made in a phased manner against completion of various activities & achievement of milestones as per scheme guidelines.

Government of India launched Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana – “Saubhagya” in September 2017 with an outlay of Rs. 16,320 crores including a Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) of Rs. 12,320 crores. The objective of the scheme is to provide last mile connectivity and electricity connections to all households in rural and urban areas across the country.

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