Govt clarifies on household electrification; Says states over-estimated un-electrified houses

States over-estimated un-electrified houses,Govt clarifies on household electrification.

New Delhi: The government today issued a clarification related to its pet scheme aimed at universal household electrification, Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, popularly known as Saubhagaya. The number of households to be electrified were found to be less than the initially estimated 4 crore, it said.

At the time of launch of the scheme in September 2017, the states had reported that around 4 crore households were un-electrified as on 10 October 2017. This was an estimate based on census figures. “When the electrification teams of the states went to the villages, they found that the number of houses left for electrification in most villages was less than that estimated by them,” the power ministry said in a statement. 

It added that the anomaly was mainly on two counts – many census households were living together and availing electricity services together with single connection; and many households have already availed connections in the process of village electrification and intensive electrification under ongoing scheme of Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) and states scheme.

As more and more villages were visited by the teams, the figures of the houses to be electrified and those electrified were updated on the basis of actual, the statement said.

The government had launched the scheme to achieve universal household electrification by 31 March 2019. It envisages last mile connectivity and electricity connections to all remaining households. The scheme is being implemented with the support of state power departments and state DISCOMs and the projects are being executed by them. 

The states had uploaded their data on Saubhagya portal created for the purpose of regular monitoring of the progress on household electrification under the scheme. Data is uploaded on the portal by the state power departments and state DISCOMs regularly based on field reports of progress of household electrification under the scheme. [ETEnergy World]

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