Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched a 'Saubhagya - Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana' to ensure electrification of every rural and urban household.
The government will spend Rs 16,320 crore on “Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Yojana”. Out of the total purview budget, Rs. 12,320 will be allocated from the budget. The scheme will be completed by March 31, 2019.
PM Modi announced the scheme after the BJP’s National Executive meet on the birth anniversary of BJP ideologue Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay.
Under the “Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Yojana” scheme, govt is planning to electrify every household of the country before 2019 elections. Over 4 crore household will be benefitted from the scheme.
Under the scheme, poor people will be given free electricity connection. Needy will be recognized according to the 2011 census. Those who are not on the list will be charged Rs 500 for the connection which will be paid in 10 easy instalments.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also inaugurated ONGC's “Deendayal Urja Bhawan.”
Here are the live updates:
# From 'Bijli Sankat' we are moving to 'Bijli Surplus: PM
# Electricity will reach not just every village but every house in New India: PM Modi
# Rs. 16,000 crore to be spent to bring a monumental change in the lives of the poor: PM Modi
# I vowed to provide electricity to all 8000 villages by 2019, only 3000 villages left: PM Modi
# Poor will not be charged a single penny for electricity connections: PM Modi
# The aspirations of the poor determine the working of our Government: Modi
# In the working of the Government, all you can see is Garib Kalyan: PM Modi
# PM Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli har Ghar Yojna-Saubhagya scheme
Delhi: PM Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli har Ghar Yojna-Saubhagya scheme pic.twitter.com/bHOiSCxbkS— ANI (@ANI) September 25, 2017
# PM Modi, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurating ONGC's Deendayal Urja Bhawan.
Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration of ONGC's Deendayal Urja Bhawan;Union Min Dharmendra Pradhan & RK Singh also present pic.twitter.com/PZDcvHfd3J— ANI (@ANI) September 25, 2017
# Prominent points of Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Yojna-Saubhagya launched by PM Modi
Prominent points of Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Yojna-Saubhagya launched by PM Modi pic.twitter.com/F6CDWU5iWX— ANI (@ANI) September 25, 2017
# Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Yojna: Total Purview-Rs 16,320 crore, Govt budgetary assistance-12,320 crore
# To ensure electrification of every willing household, Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Yojna-Saubhagya launched by PM
Earlier on in the day, BJP president Amit Shah hit back at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his "dynast" remark in US, saying that it is a tradition of the Congress party and not of India.
In his inaugural address at the BJP national executive, Shah said the current president, vice president and the prime minister had reached their position due to their work, despite their humble origins.
"The Congress believes in the politics of appeasement and dynasty, whereas BJP follows politics of performance," Union minister Piyush Goyal quoted Shah as saying.
Discussing the economy, Shah said it had become stronger under the Narendra Modi-led government than it was under the UPA.
He also elaborated on the benefits of both demonetisation and GST and explained that both the measures would curb black money and bring more transparency in the system.