Recently, Prime Minister Shri Narender Modi launched Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (PMSBHGY) which aims at providing ‘last mile electricity connectivity to all rural and urban households’.
The main purpose of the scheme is to provide energy access to all households in the country in rural as well as urban areas to meet universal household electrification in the country.
Use of electricity improves quality of life and it plays an important component for the human development and economic growth of the country. First of all, access to electricity decline the use of kerosene which plays and important fuel in the households particularly in the rural areas which results in hazardous emissions thereby access to electricity will save people from health hazards. Also, it is the central to the ability of almost all developed societies to function and enjoy the modern amenities available to them.
According to the Ministry of Power,
Beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana
Under the Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, the beneficiaries for free electricity will identify by using Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data. Despite that, if any of the household is not covered under SECC, they can also avail the scheme by paying the nominal charges of Rs. 500 which will recover by DISCOM in 10 installments through electricity bill.
For houses located in remote and inaccessible areas where it is not viable to extend grid lines, solar power packs of 200 to 300 Watt and battery back with 5 LED light. 1 DC Fan, 1 DC power plug would provide along with Repair and Maintenance (R and M) facility for 5 years.
Implementation of Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana
The government have decided to use Mobile app in order to conduct household survey for fast and easy implementation of the scheme. Government will do the identification of the beneficiaries by using Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data and their application for electricity connection along with their photograph and identity proof and register them on the spot. The Gram Panchayat / Public institutions in the rural areas may be authorized to collect application forms along with complete documentation, distribute bills and collect revenue in consultation with the Panchayat Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies.
Note: [The Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (RECL) will remain the nodal agency for the operations for the scheme throughout the country].
Expected outcome of the scheme
The expected outcome of the scheme is as follows:
(a) Environmental up gradation by substitution of Kerosene for lighting purposes
(b) Improvement education services
(c) Better health services
(d) Enhanced connectivity through radio, television, mobiles, etc.
(e) Increased economic activities and jobs
(f) Improved quality of life especially for women
The Government have asked the States and Union Territories to complete the household electrification work by the 31st of December 2018.
So wide multi – media campaign would be undertaken to make people aware of all aspects the Scheme. The DISCOM officials would also organize camps in rural areas for creating awareness about electricity as well as Saubhagya. School teachers, Gram Panchayat members, local literate / educated youth would also be associated in the awareness campaign.