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Govt to regularise all illegal power connections under central scheme.

Divisional commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today directed all district development commissioners (DDCs) to regularize all illegal electricity connections in Kashmir division including Leh & Kargil districts, under SAUBHAGYA (Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana) scheme.

The divisional commissioner issued the directions while reviewing the progress of SAUBHAGYA scheme in Kashmir division including Leh and Kargil districts, an official handout said.

The meeting was informed that Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, shortened into SAUBHAGYA, was flagged off in September 2017, with the objective of electrifying all left-out households.

The scheme covers both urban and rural households. Under it, free electricity connections are provided to below poverty line (BPL) households. The beneficiaries for free electricity connections would be identified using the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data. However, un-electrified households not covered under the SECC data would also be provided electricity connections under the scheme on payment of Rs 500, which will be recovered in 10 instalments through electricity bills.

The approved budget for the implementation of SAUBHAGYA scheme in Kashmir division is Rs 358.95 crore and the completion date is November 2018. To achieve 100% household electrification under SAUBHAGYA scheme across the Kashmir division, Divisional Commissioner directed all District Development Commissioners (DDCs) to start the intense drive with PDD engineers to identify all illegal connections in their respective districts and regularize them under SAUBHAGYA scheme

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