Madhya Pradesh recently became the third state after Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir to join the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (SAUBHAGYA) program. Through the SAUBHAGYA rural electrification program, around 45 lakh families in the state will be provided with access to electricity.
The Press Trust of India (PTI) reported, “the SAUBHAGYA program was launched in Madhya Pradesh on December 22, 2017, by Union Power Minister R.K. Singh and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.”
The Rural Electrification Program (REC) is the implementing agency of the SAUBHAGYA program, which aims to provide last-mile connectivity to all willing households in India by 2018.
Five thousand new electricity connections have already been registered in Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district since the launch of the program.
According to the SAUBHAGYA web portal, as of December 27, 2017, there were 4,389,910 remaining unelectrified households in Madhya Pradesh.
The SAUBHAGYA program was launched with the goal of achieving universal household electrification in all parts of the country at a total cost of ₹163.20 billion ($2.54 billion), including Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) of ₹123.20 billion ($1.92 billion) from the government of India. To ensure the success of this program, the SAUBHAGYA web portal was launched to monitor the progress of household electrification.
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Saumy is a senior staff reporter with MercomIndia.com covering business and energy news since 2016. Prior to Mercom, Saumy was a copy editor at Thomson Reuters. Saumy earned his Bachelors Degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University. More articles from Saumy Prateek.