An electricity pole stands in the village of Fateh Nagla, Uttar Pradesh, India. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

India Likely To Achieve Universal Household Electrification By January-End

India is all set to achieve 100 percent household electrification by the month-end, with 2.44 crore families having received power connections out of the targetted 2.48 crore under the Rs 16,320 crore Saubhagya scheme, an official said.

The Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) was launched in September 2017. "The 100 percent household electrification under Saubhagya will be achieved by month-end. The government has energised 2.44 crore households under the scheme till today," the official said.

"Around 30,000 families are being provided electricity connection everyday. Therefore, the remaining around four lakh households could be energised by the end of this month itself," the official said.

Achieving 100 percent household electrification was one of the aims of the present government. However, it could not meet the self-imposed deadline of December 2018 for the scheme.

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At a meeting of state power ministers, chaired by union Power Minister RK Singh in Shimla in July 2018, it was resolved to complete the task of energising all households by Dec. 31, 2018, against the original deadline of Mar. 31, 2019 provided under the scheme.

As per the official, the speed of work slowed down in some states due to elections and Maoist problems, while there were some contractual issues as well in a few states.

According to the Saubhagya portal, about 3.58 lakh households are left to be electrified in four states— Assam (1,63,016), Rajasthan (88,219), Meghalaya (86,317) and Chhattisgarh (20,293).

The Saubhagya scheme envisages providing last mile connectivity and electricity connections to all remaining households in rural as well as urban areas.