“New India will not only have power in all villages but in every home,” said PM Modi on Monday evening while the announcing the scheme, adding, “We have decided the burden for this will not be borne by the poor. The poor used to have to go around in circles trying to get power… the government will now go to their homes to give them electricity.”
Four crore homes in the country still don’t have power connections, which means that of the 25 crore homes in India, “25 percent people are without power, living in 18th century,” he said. The scheme will turn around the fortunes of such families, PM Modi said, explaining its name – Saubhagya means good fortune.
The government has said it aims to provide electricity to all homes by December 2018, with a target of reaching power to all electrified villages by the end of December this year.