Today is the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. He was a leader from Bharatiya Jana Sangh. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh paid tributes to this leader. Launching ‘24*7- Power for All scheme on his birth anniversary is a great tribute to this remarkable leader.
PM Modi expressed his views through this tweet, “Remembering our inspiration, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya ji on his Jayanti.”
“Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya was a great thinker and humanist who dedicated his entire life in service to the nation and the poor. Our commitment for the uplift of the marginal man and the downtrodden sections is inspired by Deendayal ji’s life, vision and thoughts. Deendayalji remains our inspiration. On his birth anniversary today I pay my humble tributes to him,” Rajnath Singh said in a series of tweets.
Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya was born on 25 September, 1916 in Uttar Pradesh. He was a politician, philosopher, economist, sociologist, historian, and journalist. He was one of the most important leaders of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the forerunner of the present day Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He passed away on 11 February, 1968.
As per the government sources, the scheme will be named ‘Saubhagya – Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana’’ and provide subsidy on equipment like transformers, meters and wires. The scheme will aim at providing 24X7 electricity to all and the development, said power minister RK Singh.
Mr. Singh added that the Narendra Modi led government has asked the states to prepare electrification projects which would be discussed and approved for release of funds under the scheme.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also talked about this scheme. He said, “Once we take a decision, we will tell you about that.” The government has been continuously working hard to electrify all villages in the country and wants to achieve 24X7 power for all by 2019.
To make electricity available to all households, commercial buildings, industries and public needs, an initiative 24*7- Power for All has been launched. It is a Joint Initiative of Indian Government with 36 states and Union Territories for making electricity available 24*7.
While talking about the power sector, RK Singh had said the government is trying to bring legislative changes for introducing stricter rules for enforcing power purchase agreements. The minister also said he has given a target of bidding out 20,000 MW of wind and 20,000 MW of solar energy projects by the year end.
Unless the PM announced the details of scheme, it is difficult to say anything about the benefits available under this scheme.