In what is being billed as a major announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to unveil ‘Saubhagya Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana’ in Delhi on 25 September 2017. The scheme aims at providing ‘last mile electricity connectivity to all rural and urban households’.
The televised announcement, set to be made at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s National Executive meet in the capital, will reinforce the ruling party’s Electricity-for-All target, which was recently advanced from 2019 to 2018. The announcement will be made on the occasion of the birth centenary celebration of Bharatiya Jana Sangh politician and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.
The Prime Minister had in 2015 said that the government has set a 1,000-day target to electrify over 18,000 villages that don’t have access to electricity at all. A year later in his Independence Day speech, PM Modi said, “I can say that not even the half of the 1,000 days have passed, we are far away from the half-way mark, and yet 10,000 villages out of 18,000 have received electricity.”