Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the "Saubhagya" schemes, which provide for free electricity for five years, among other benefits, to people belonging to socially and economically backward classes.
The total outlay for the Saubhagya scheme has been pegged at 16,320 crore, out of which Rs 12,320 crore will be borne by the central government as govrnment budgetary assistance.
Saubhagya scheme will cover all rural families after electrification of all villages by the end of December 2017.
Announcing the scheme, Modi said that four crore families still don't have electricity connection.
A Shortwhile ago Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated ONGC's Deendayal Urja Bhawan. For the urban households, the outlay is Rs2,295 crore while GBS is Rs1,732.50 crore.
The Centre will largely provide funds for the scheme to all states and Union territories. Those who are not on the list will be charged Rs 500 for the connection which will be paid in 10 easy instalments.
The scheme aims at production of 40,000 mega-watt of electricity through solar and wind energy. The beneficiaries will be identified based on 2011 census.
The gram panchayat/public institutions in rural areas may be authorised to collect application forms along with complete documentation, distribute bills and collect revenue in consultation with the Panchayat Raj institutions and urban local bodies.
The Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) will remain the nodal agency for the operationalisation of the Saubhagya scheme throughout the country.
Taking pride at his government's on the energy front, the Prime Minister said, "In the last three years, India's renewable energy capacity has been doubled to almost 27000 MW", adding that Gujarat was the first State in country to announce a solar energy policy. However, the power ministry is expected to electrify all habited villages by December this year.
He said less than 3000 villages are now left to be electrified.