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Saubhagya scheme if launched & followed-up properly to benefit overall sector: APP

PM Modi will launch the scheme from ONGC's new corporate office in Delhi LIVE: PM Modi to announce important scheme for poor; to launch 'Saubhagya Yojana' envisaging power for all
Christy Curtis | 26 September, 2017, 00:28

Modi announced the scheme amid speculations over announcement of a booster package to drive the economy out of the ongoing slowdown. As many as 4.05 crore families are yet to be provided electricity connections.

Another 11 lakh are being built while two lakh houses are complete under JNNURM.

Addressing the media earlier, Jaitley also said that the main point of PM Modi's speech at BJP's national executive meet was that we all should take BJP beyond elections and make it instrument of mass participation. The dig was aimed at controversies surrounding Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

"Demonetisation, GST implementation did not work out. However, harsh words can't be a substitute for no substantial charge against the government", he said. "The government will give the connection at your doortep", Modi said.

To make his position on corruption clear, Modi also told his partymen, and through them, the country at large, that he can not be compromised in the fight against corruption since he "doesn't have any relatives". As he has often done, Modi sought to explain that he has experienced the travails of the less well-off, doing without electricity as a student.

Referring to his government's achievements, he said coal production has been increased by 93 million tonnes in the last three years compared to 34 million tonnes in six years of UPA till 2015, rankings of ease of doing business in power sector have gone up from 99 in 2015 to 26 now. "I find that if you back officials they will deliver", he said.

The PM said BJP's fight against terrorism will continue...

The 16,320-crore scheme targets to achieve 100 percent electrification in India. The rural household outlay is estimated to be Rs14,025 crore, with Rs2,295 crore being for urban households.

Places where electricity can not be provided would be give 200 to 300 VP solar power pack which would constitute of 5 LED bulbs, 1 DC fan and 10 power plugs.

The beneficiaries for free electricity connections would be identified using the 2011 Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data.

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