Imphal, November 29: ‘SAUBHAGYA’ scheme was introduced with an aim to transform the lives, especially poorest of the poor by providing power supply to every household of the country. Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that power supply has improved to a large extent especially after corporatization of the former Electricity Department into Transmission Company and Distribution Company.
Speaking over the significance of the scheme CM Singh said Saubhagya scheme would provide power supply to the remaining un-electrified household to achieve universal household electrification in the country.
Launching the scheme, Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy RK Singh revealed that Manipur has been doing well in terms of power generation because of new initiatives taken by the government.
Saubhagya is a scheme launched to achieve universal household electrification in all parts of the country at a cost of Rs 16,320 crore including Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) of Rs 12,320 crore from the Centre. Minister further said that it is the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide electricity to every household of the country.
He further claimed that the scheme would immensely benefit the poor people of the state. Manipur Chief Minister admitted that the State Government has electrified 972 villages under various plans of Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana. “Under the National Solar Mission, Manipur has been allocated an installation target of 105 MV solar power by the year 2022”, he added.
State’s Power Minister Biswajit Singh informed that State Government has set a target to provide electricity to every household of the State by December 2018 as the government has successfully electrified 90 per cent household in the urban areas and 60 percent in the rural areas of the State respectively. The State Government has already started free electricity connections to some districts.