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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