India will accomplish 100 per cent household electrification by March 31 as foreseen in the Saubhagya scheme and the subsequent objective is to realize round the clock power supply to all households, Power Minister R K Singh believed.
Under the Saubhagya scheme, 2,52,51,880 unelectrified households were to be electrified by March 31. Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are in the process of enlivening the remaining 22,691 families left out. The government had provided Rs. 16,320 crores for the scheme.
The government has planned to implement 24X7 power supply from April 1, 2019, and the minister also told the states to do so in the conference.
He praised the states for electrifying 2.52 crore households under the Saubhagya scheme in a record time of 17 months.
Elaborating about the reason for left out unelectrified households, the minister said that the work was affected in Chhattisgarh due to left-wing extremism or Naxal issues because they do not allow electricity supply which can connect people in those areas to the outside world.
He further supposed that the left out households in Rajasthan are at far off places but efforts are on to complete the task by March 31, 2019.
On the issue of payment security mechanism for private sector power generators as recommended by the high-level committee on stressed power assets, the minister held that the commendations are under deliberation and the government would discuss it with the RBI before going ahead.
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