Saubhagya Scheme: The fight is on to claim the cash award of Rs. 100 crore

Saubhagya scheme was launched by the Modi government in September last year with a motive to electrify both rural and urban Indian households deprived of electricity by December 2018. The scheme took off well with 93% of the Indian households having access to the power supply as on date. As the closure date of the Saubhagya scheme is approaching, the government has decided to speed up the electrification process in the remaining states of the country. On October 15, the Power Ministry made an announcement of giving an award of Rs.100 crore to the states successfully completing the task of household electrification before December 2018.

The government has not limited this award scheme to the states only but has also included the employees of the discom, engaged in the supplying of power to these states. These employees would be liable for an award of Rs. 50 lakhs for completing the work of electrification in the remaining Indian households before the scheduled date. Out of Rs. 50 lakhs award, the amount of Rs. 20 lakhs will be distributed among the employees for their exceptional work towards the scheme.

States forming part of this award scheme
The states (including the states with Special Category Status) falling under the ambit of the award scheme are categorized as follows –

  • States having less than five lakh households without electricity;
  • States having more than five lakh households without electricity

These states are Bihar (98.11%), Jharkhand (88.27%), West Bengal (98.26%), Karnataka (96.43%), Rajasthan (93.89%), Chhattisgarh (98.31%), Telangana (96.54%), Uttarakhand (95.37%), Odisha (89.66%), Assam (80.56%), Jammu & Kashmir (90.81%), Sikkim (92.72%), Meghalaya (77.01%), Manipur (88.02%), Mizoram (93.13%), Nagaland (79.27%), and Arunachal Pradesh (75.77%). These figures represent the percentage of electrification work completed in these states.

States outside the ambit of Award scheme
It is definitely a matter of applause as there are Indian states which have already achieved the target of electrifying the Indian households up to 100 percent or have almost touched the 100 percent mark. Such states have been excluded from the award scheme of the government.

These states are Gujarat (100%), Punjab (100%), Goa (100%), Andhra Pradesh (100%), Haryana (99.61%), Kerala (100%), Tamil Nadu (100%) and Himachal Pradesh (99.46%).

Though the states of Madhya Pradesh (99.78%) and Maharashtra (99.64%) are almost on the verge of completing the 100% electrification of Indian households, they are not counted among the states which are not eligible to the Rs. 100 crore award.

The Final Words
Giving away monetary awards is undoubtedly an incredible way of encouraging the employees as well as the government of the states engaged in fulfilling the task of electrification of every Indian household before the estimated time. Bringing up such initiatives definitely boost the confidence of the employees and the state governments, and instill a spirit of competitiveness among them. Who will claim the 100 crore award is definitely worth waiting for?

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