GUWAHATI, Jan 23 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today ceremonially launched Saubhagya (Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli HarGharYojna) at a programme held at Sonaram Higher Secondary School field in the city. The Chief Minister said that with the launch of this scheme electricity for all would be a reality in the State where remotest of villageswould be electrified.
Saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched various schemes for uplifting underprivileged sections of the society and for enabling them to live a life of dignity, Sonowal stated that Saubhagya has also been launched to give every citizen the access to electricity which is one of the basic necessities of modern living. No village or urban area would be left out of the reach of electricity, he said.
Union Minister of State in charge of Power Department RK Singh said that Assam is making good progress in power sector and he expressed confidence that the State would be able to achieve the target of electrifying each and every village by December 31. He also informed that the Central Government is bringing a legislation which would make it mandatory for the power companies to provide uninterrupted power supply 24 hours a day and they would also have to pay penalty for load-shedding. The nation has become power surplus now and the whole country is brought under a single grid which would result in efficient power transmission and electrification of all parts of the country, he added.