Jharkhand CM Announces Ambitious Electrification Plan For Over 29,000 Villages
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das launched Saubhagya Yojana, a programme that would provide electricity to all the 29,376 villages in the state. Das said only 38 lakh households out of 68 lakh households in the state could get electricity in 67 years. However, this government has provided electricity to 13 lakh households in just three years, an official release said quoting the chief minister.
By December 2018, the target is to provide electricity to the rest of the 17.64 lakh households, Das said adding that people would get electricity 24x7, which would not only change the life of the people in the villages but also there would be a change in their thought, economic condition, education of their children and facilitate irrigation in a better way for farmers.
The CM also said that the aim is to make Jharkhand the electricity hub by 2022, adding it would produce electricity and provide electricity to other states as well. As of now coal is being sent to other states for electricity, but by 2022 electricity would be generated from Jharkhand and provided to other states. The state was working with a vision and mission, he said.
Das said that whichever village did not get electricity through grid has been electrified by solar energy.
There are 248 villages which are in hilltops and electricity has been provided to such places, he said. The government is also working on providing electricity from different feeders to cottage industries and agriculture. About 17.64 lakh families in villages and 1.64 lakh families in the urban areas would get electricity under the Saubhagya Yojana and the poor would get electricity free of cost.
APL families would get electricity connection by paying Rs 500 in 10 instalments of Rs 50 each month, he said. The Saubhagya Yojana would help achieve the central government's target of providing 24x7 electricity.
People could give a missed call on a toll free number 1800-200-2266 to apply for new connection under the yojana. In villages, a mobile van would be there for applying connection, the release said.
With inputs from Housing News