Modi launches 16,000-crore Saubhagya scheme for household electrification

The welfare of the poor is linked to the identity of the NDA government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on 25 September 2017. He was speaking at the launch of a 16,000 crore scheme, Saubhagya, under which households across the country that have no access to electricity, will be given power connections free of cost.

Under the PM Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya), every household in the country will be given an electricity connection. No price will be charged for the poor to get an electricity connection and the government will go to their houses to give them the connection. The government will bear the expected 16,000 crore cost of giving electricity connections to the 4 crore households in the country.

The Prime Minister regretted that these households are yet to get electricity and haven’t seen a light bulb. We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles. Arguing that few would have imagined a government will come that will give bank accounts to 30 crore poor people, insure 15 crore people at a cost of 90 paise per day, reduce the prices of stents and knee replacements.

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