Can the Saubhagya scheme work?4 min read 30 Oct 2017, 11:38 PM IST
It addresses upfront costs of rural electrification, but we cannot expect new users to immediately pay the full costs of service
The government’s recently announced 100% household electrification scheme, Saubhagya, aims to tackle the next link for electrification, where until now most efforts focused at the village or hamlet level. The good news is that most villages are now connected to the grid, and remote locations far from the grid are slated for the creation of distributed (mostly renewable) generation. The bad news is that adding a wire to the home, as the scheme proposes, is only part of the puzzle. What one really needs is quality service (ideally 24x7) for meaningful electrification. This means we have to either strengthen or change the distribution companies (discoms) to ensure we meet this part of the social contract of electricity.
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