Chief Secy reviews implementation of free electricity scheme ‘Saubhagya’ with DDCs
100% un-electrified households being covered by 31 Mar 2019
TNN Bureau. Updated: 1/2/2018 11:09:01 PM

JAMMU: Chief Secretary, B. B. Vyas on Tuesday chaired a video conference with DDCs to review implementation of the Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana “Saubhagya” to achieve 100% household electrification in Jammu & Kashmir by 31st March, 2019.
Commissioner/Secretary PDD, Commissioner/Secretary Revenue, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, DC Jammu and other senior officers attended the meeting. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir also participated via video conferencing.
Presenting a brief overview of the scheme, Commissioner/Secretary PDD informed the meeting that ‘Saubhagya’ envisages electricity connections to all un-electrified households in the State, with poor households to be provided electricity connections free of cost.
The beneficiaries for free electricity connections would be identified using the Socio Economic & Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data. However, un-electrified households not covered under the SECC data would also be provided electricity connections under the scheme on payment of Rs. 500, which shall be recovered in 10 instalments through electricity bills.
For remote and inaccessible villages / habitations, where grids extension is not feasible or cost effective, Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) based standalone systems will be provided.
It was informed that the exercise for collecting data of un-electrified households in the districts has already begun through the Executive Engineers of PDD and after validation by the District Level Committee headed by the DCs; the survey reports will be submitted before 31st January, 2018.
Chief Secretary also reviewed the progress in regard to the resolution of RoW issues of vital power transmission lines and Grid Stations in various districts of the State.

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