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  • 8 States have achieved 100% saturation in household electrification under Saubhagya namely Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Bihar, J&K, Mizoram, Sikkim, Telangana and West Bengal.

100% Electrification:

  • The Minister informed that as many as 2.1 crore connections have been released under Saubhagya so far.
  • Many more State like Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh etc. are left with small number of un-electrified households and expected to achieve saturation any time.
  • Nation is expected to achieve 100% saturation in the country by 31st December, 2018.
  • Saubhagya – ‘Pradhan MantriSahajBijliHarGharYojana’:

  • Its objective is to provide access to electricity connections to all the remaining households in the country.
  • Scheme will provide subsidy on equipment such as transformers, wires and meters.
  • Ministry of Power would be the implementing authority.
  • Power connection will be provided in both rural and urban areas of the country.
  • The scheme was launched on the occasion of the birth centenary of PanditDeenDayalUpadhyaya on 25th.
    • Award Scheme under Saubhagya:

  • For creating healthy competition amongst various DISCOMs, an award scheme has been instituted with awards of more than Rs 300 crore to be won by States/Discoms.
  • The first DISCOM/Power Departments to complete 100% household electrification will be felicitated with cash award of Rs. 50 Lakh for the employees and Rs.100 crore grant to be spent for distribution infrastructure.
  • For the purpose of award, States have been divided into 3 categories and award would be given in each of these categories.
  • The States completing 100% household electrification by 31st 2018 will also receive additional grant of 15% of the project cost (5% for special category States) sanctioned under Saubhagya.
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