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Saubhagya Scheme launched in Manipur

Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy RK Singh during the launch of Saubhagya Scheme in Imphal on Tuesday. – Correspondent
 IMPHAL, Nov 28 - Manipur has been doing well in terms of power generation because of new initiatives taken by the Government.

 This was disclosed by Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy RK Singh while launching the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya Scheme) here on Tuesday.

Union Minister RK Singh who was here to launch the Saubhagya Scheme besides inspecting the ongoing power and renewable energy projects said there won’t be any development and industrialisation in the state without the development in power sector.

It may be noted that Saubhagya is a scheme launched to achieve universal household electrification in all parts of the country at a cost of Rs 16,320 crore including Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) of Rs 12,320 crore from the Centre.

Minister further said that it is the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide electricity to every household of the country.

He further claimed that the scheme would immensely benefit the poor people of the state. Manipur Chief Minister admitted that the State Government has electrified 972 villages under various plans of Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana. “Under the National Solar Mission, Manipur has been allocated an installation target of 105 MV solar power by the year 2022”, he added.

In his speech, state’s Power Minister Th Biswajit Singh informed that State Government has set a target to provide electricity to every household of the State by December, 2018 as the government has successfully electrified 90 per cent household in the urban areas and 60 per cent in the rural areas of the State respectively. The State Government has already started free electricity connections to some districts.

Executive Director of REC, Shakil P Ahmed, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India, AK Verma and the officials of MSPDCL were also present on the occasion.

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