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PM Modi's 16,000-Crore Power Point: Free Electricity Connections For Poor

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the ‘Saubhagya scheme’ to give free electricity connections to poor families in both cities and villages, with a total outlay of Rs 16,320 crores, which will be funded largely by the Centre. No poor person will have to pay for electricity access, the Prime Minster has said.

“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.