Scheme to light up Assam villages

The Assam government on Tuesday launched the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana known as Saubhagya programme with an aim to provide electricity connection to every household of the state within this year.

By Manash Pratim Dutta in Guwahati
  • Published 24.01.18
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Union minister R.K. Singh addresses the gathering on Tuesday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati: The Assam government on Tuesday launched the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana known as Saubhagya programme with an aim to provide electricity connection to every household of the state within this year.

As part the programme, a mobile application named Sanjog was also launched by chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal. "Lack of electricity supply means lack of development. I urge all stakeholders of the state's power supply department to work in a united manner to fulfil the aim."

The programme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year on September 25 to provide electricity to all households - even in remote villages - by December 31 this year and cover 20.4 lakh remaining villages.

Households in inaccessible and remote areas will be provided solar power packs (with battery bank) along with LED lights, fans, power plugs among others with a five-year free maintenance support under the scheme.

Under the programme, "Sanjog" mobile app will be used to apply for new power connections. After registration in the app, the Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) will conduct camps in villages and approach the households for providing power connection.

To implement the programme, the government will start a statewide registration drive from February 8 where people below poverty line will get power connection free of cost while others have to pay Rs 500.

The state government will set up a subdivision-level monitoring and vigilance committee in all the 158 subdivisions along with local-level "transformer committee"for redressal of any problem. The scheme aims to cover 65 lakh households in Assam.

The launch was attended by Union minister of state in-charge of power, R.K. Singh, who appreciated Assam's power department.

He said, "Assam is making good progress in the power sector and I am confident that the state will be able to achieve the target of electrification in every village by December 31."

The programme was also attended by Assam's power minister Pallab Lochan Das.