Saubhagya scheme UP Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana
The Saubhagya scheme is now all set to work in Uttar Pradesh. This is an electrification scheme which aims to provide electricity to the poor. The aim of this scheme is to ensure that the underprivileged are not deprived of electricity.
The Saubhagya scheme was launched in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, 17th December 2017. 2300 sub stations of power distribution launched the scheme on this day and aided several houses on the first day itself. However, the first phase of scheme might take December 2018 to come into fruition.
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Features of the scheme
- Electric connection provided: Already 1 lakh people across the state have got electric connection. Those poor sections that do not have the connection have been chosen for the scheme.
- Target: the state government has planned to provide electricity to 1.54 crore underprivileged households across the state. This will cover the entire population that is still not covered under local electricity board.
- Urban target: Since the scheme covers the urban poor as well, it will provide electricity to 3.02 lakh urban households under this scheme in UP.
- Metered connections: You will get a meter along with your electric connection in the state so that you can track your usage and pay the bills likewise.
- Beneficiary registration: The beneficiaries will have to register themselves. To do this they have to produce the Aadhar card, driving license, voter ID card and bank account details.
- Verification: Once you have furnished the details, the officials will verify whether you belong to the underprivileged category or not. Upon successful verification, you shall be given the benefits.
- REC: The Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) will have to ask the nodal agency for making this scheme operational across the country and this includes UP as well.
- How beneficiaries shall be selected: The beneficiaries of this scheme will be chosen from those who have their names in the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011.
- Exception to the rule: In case the household is not covered by SECC 2011, they will also be able to get the benefits of this scheme. However, they will have to pay Rs. 500 in 5 monthly installments to get the same benefit.
This scheme will benefit the poor people who do not have electricity at their homes. At the same time it will ensure that more and more people are covered under the electricity board. The problem of electricity is huge in the rural part of the country. Hence, it is mandatory to address it. The UP government has taken a really positive step to make sure it is done by the end of 2018.