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SAUBHAGAYA scheme covers around 2.82 crore households on its 4-year completion

The Saubhagya Scheme, also known as Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana was launched by PM Narendra Modi on September 25, 2017, to achieve Universal Household Electrification through last-mile connectivity and provide access to electricity to all un-electrified households in both rural and urban areas. The primary aim of the scheme was to achieve 100% electrification of all un-electrified households in the country.

The electricity connection to households includes the provision of service like- release of electricity connections by drawing a service cable from the nearest pole to the household premise, installing an energy meter, a single light point wiring with an LED bulb, and a mobile charging point. With all these provisions households can avail of a guaranteed 24/7 quality power supply. With an outlay of Rs16,320 crore and Rs 12,320 crore of Gross Budgetary Support (GBS), the government of India intend to provide access to electricity to all citizens of the country and simultaneously work towards equity, efficiency, and sustainability in the ‘New Age India”.

‘The journey started with Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) which envisaged the creation of basic electricity infrastructure in villages. The focus of the scheme was on strengthening & augmentation the existing infrastructure and metering of existing feeders/distribution transformers to improve the quality and reliability of power supply in rural areas ‘a statement said

  1. Free metered connection for economically poor households and a charge of Rs. 500 for households other than poor, only after the release of connection.
  2. Establishing camps in villages or clusters of villages for on-spot registration
  3. Use of Mobile App for identification of beneficiaries and electronic registration
  4. Web-based real-time monitoring and updating of progress through web portal
  5. Flexible mode of implementation.
Scope of the Scheme:
  1. Provide last mile connectivity and electricity connections to all un-electrified households in rural areas and urban areas. Non-poor urban households are excluded from this scheme
  2. Giving Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) based standalone system for un-electrified households located in remote and inaccessible villages where grid extension is not feasible.
Area of coverage:
  1. Till March 2019, 2.63 crore willing un-electrified households in rural and urban areas of the country were electrified with a span of 18 months
  2. Seven states Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Manipur, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh were also covered under the scheme. Around18.85 lakh unwilling un-electrified households identified in these 7 states before March 31, 2019, were also brought under this scheme.
  3. The outlay for the rural households was Rs 14,025 crore while the GBS was Rs 10,587.50 crore. On the other hand, for the urban household, the outlay was fixed at Rs 2,295 crore while GBS was Rs 1,732.50 crore.
Other Details:
  1. SAUBHAGYA completes 4 years of successful implementation
  2. The scheme was able to cover 0.19crore households within a record time of 2 years (March 2019- March 2021), thereby making the scheme one of the largest household electrifications drives across the world
  3. Under the flagship scheme, around 2.82 crore un-electrified families got electricity connection till 31st March 2021.
Way forward:
  1. All states in the country have been called to launch special campaigns in their home states to identify any left out un-electrified households and thereupon provide electricity connections to them.
  2. For queries and grievances, a toll-free helpline has been launched for the same purpose.

For queries visit, Saubhagya Toll-Free Helpline Number: 1800-121-5555   or

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