Will the Modi government be able to capitalise on the ‘success’ of the Saubhagya electrification drive this election?


Will the Modi government be able to capitalise on the ‘success’ of the Saubhagya electrification drive this election?

In the current elections, the Modi government is showcasing its ‘success’ in reaching 24×7 power to all in the country through its flagship programme, Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana or Saubhagya.

The Centre claims to have already achieved 100% electrification in 99.93% of households with only about 0.07% remaining in Chhattisgarh. While the government is set to achieve its target, the question we must ask: Does merely providing free electricity connections to every poor household mean a ‘successful’ realisation of reliable, affordable, equitable and sustainable energy access to all?

With a budget outlay of Rs 16,320 crore, Saubhagya aims to compensate the infrastructure drawbacks of predecessor schemes such as DDU-GKY and IPDS. Yet, it does very little to address the structural issues that plague India’s broken power sector. Read More

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