With an aim to cover maximum households in north east, Union Power Minister R K Singh and Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh launched Saubhagya scheme in the north eastern state to provide electricity connections to 1.75 lakh families.
Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) was launched in Manipur by Minister of State (IC) for Power and New and Renewable Energy R K Singh and Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, a power ministry statement said.
A total of approximately 1.75 lakh households (1.62 lakh rural and 0.13 lakh urban) of Manipur are proposed to be included under the scheme.
Addressing the media at the function, Singh said Manipur is the fastest reforming state in the power sector in the country and the state government is performing well in terms of electricity segment.
Singh further said that it is vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide electricity to every household of the country.
The minister promised that people would get 24×7 power supply by March 2019. For achieving this target, the government has already given obligation to private companies to provide round-the-clock electricity to every household, he added.
The Union minister also assured that the Centre would provide the required financial assistance for strengthening and improvement of infrastructure in the power sector in Manipur.
Monetary assistance had already been extended for procuring of transformers, meters etc to strengthen the power sector in the state, he added.
N Biren Singh said that under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, the Saubhagya Scheme would transform the lives, especially of poorest of the poor, by providing power supply to every household of the country.
Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd (REC) has been appointed as nodal agency for coordinating the implementation of the scheme. The prospective beneficiary households for free electricity connections under the scheme will be identified using Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC), 2011 data.