PM Modi to launch Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana today

The scheme aims at providing ‘last mile electricity connectivity to all rural and urban households’.

In what is being billed as a major announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to unveil ‘Saubhagya – Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana’ in Delhi on Monday.

The scheme aims at providing ‘last mile electricity connectivity to all rural and urban households’.

The televised announcement, set to be made at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s National Executive meet in the capital, will reinforce the ruling party’s Electricity-for-All target, which was recently advanced from 2019 to 2018.

The announcement will be made on the occasion of the birth centenary celebration of Bharatiya Jana Sangh politician and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.

Minister of State (MoS) for Power RK Singh on Friday had hinted that PM Modi was likely to make a ‘major announcement’ regarding the power sector on September 25.

“There will be a major announcement relating to the power sector on September 25 by the Prime Minister. We are excited about it. It will be very important for the people,” Singh had told Shereen Bhan.

The Prime Minister had in 2015 said that the government has set a 1,000-day target to electrify over 18,000 villages that don’t have access to electricity at all.

A year later in his Independence Day speech, PM Modi said, “I can say that not even the half of the 1,000 days have passed, we are far away from the half-way mark, and yet 10,000 villages out of 18,000 have received electricity.”

However, even as the government has made some headway in electrifying villages, there have been concerns over whether the government would be able to achieve its dream of providing stable, 24-hour power to all households.

The prime minister is also expected to dedicate Deendayal Urja Bhawan – ONGC’s new corporate office in Delhi along with Booster Compressor Facility in Bassein Gas Field-Western Offshore, Mumbai High and ONGC’s Paperless Office Project (DISHA) in Gujarat.

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