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Light of hope: PM Modi launches 'Saubhagya' scheme for 100% electrification in India by 2018
With a vision of electrification of each household across the country, PM Modi announced power to all with a remote click in his new scheme called the "Saubhagya", which aims at making electricity available to all the urban-rural households for 24 hours a day by December 2018, according to a report.

The Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijali Har Ghar Yojana launched on Monday by the Prime Minister with the aim of nationwide electrification with an outlay budget of Rs 16,320 crore is expected to cover over 40 million families that are still lacking electricity connection.

Under the scheme will be covered all the households registered in the 2011 socio-economic caste census who shall be provided with free electricity connections. However, those not registered will be given a connection at Rs 500 wherein the consumers can pay this amount along with the bill in 10 installments.

"Saubhagya" is strategized to cover remote areas by providing families with a solar power pack; including a solar panel, a 300-watt battery, 5 LED lights, a DC fan, and a DC power plug. The scheme will be executed in a prepaid model and is expected to electrify 3000 villages by the end of this year. The operation will be carried out by the Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd.

Expressing grief on the current situation of villages of India which are reeling without electricity, the PM said that even after 70 years of independence 40 million families still do not have access to electricity; people are still lighting candles and lanterns; and hence children face difficulty in studies. The latest Central government data shows that although more than 99.5 per cent of the villages in India have been electrified but PM Modi's vision is to take it to 100 per cent. Now the nation is waiting to witness whether this scheme unlike other schemes will actually work on ground level or will remain confined to just forethought.

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