DEC 15, 2022
Government of India had launched Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) in December 2014 for the rural areas with the objectives of electrification of all un-electrified villages as per Census 2011; Strengthening and augmentation of sub-transmission & distribution infrastructure in rural areas, including construction of HT and LT lines, metering at distribution transformers, feeders and consumers; and feeder segregation. Similarly, Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana – Saubhagya was launched in October, 2017 for electrification of rural and urban poor households in the country.
SAUBHAGYA was launched with the objective to achieve universal household electrification by providing electricity connections to all un-electrified households in rural areas and all poor households in urban areas of the country. Under the aegis of SAUBHAGYA, as on 31.03.2019, all households were reported electrified by the States, except 18,734 households in Left Wing Extremists (LWE) affected areas of Chhattisgarh. Subsequently, seven States namely Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Manipur, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh reported that 19.09 lakh un-electrified households in their State identified before 31.03.2019, which were unwilling earlier but later expressed willingness to get electricity connections needed to be electrified. The electrification of these households was sanctioned under SAUBHAGYA. All these seven States reported 100% households’ electrification as on 31.03.2021. A total of 2.817 crore households were electrified since the launch of SAUBHAGYA, up to 31.03.2021. Thereafter, some States again reported that 11.84 lakh households remain to be electrified. Electrification of these households was again sanctioned till date, a total 2.86 crore households have been electrified.
This information was given by Shri R.K Singh, Union Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.