Power Ministry, Skill India Join Hands to Support ‘Saubhagya’ Scheme

The scheme aims to achieve universal household electrification in all parts of the country in a time bound manner.

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Giving a further fillip to the Government’s mission of bringing electricity to every household and to empower the rural youth, Power Ministry has partnered with the Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Ministry to train the manpower in six states for speedy implementation of its Saubhagya scheme.

The scheme aims to achieve universal household electrification in all parts of the country in a time bound manner.

Under the scheme, around four crore households are expected to get electricity connections.

Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister, R.K. Singh said that this partnership would be of great help as lack of trained manpower has been the main constraint in speedy implementation of the Government’s electrification programme under Saubhagya.

He said that a large number of trained manpower is required for implementing various programmes in the power sector, and Saubhagya alone needs more than 35,000 trained persons.

Once this trained manpower is available, it will help us in meeting our daily targets for electrification, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Dharmendra Pradhan said, “Saubhagya is a scheme with estimated expenditure of 16000 crore, out of which 25 per cent is estimated to be spent on wages and human resource deployed for the project. This is a big employment opportunity for skilled workforce and we will work jointly with Ministry of Power across the nation to ensure that we avail this opportunity for our youth and help them better their livelihood.”

The scheme is undertaken as a special project under the government’s Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).

Moreover, around 47,000 Distribution Lineman-Multi Skills and 8,500 Technical Helpers will be trained to meet the requirement of power sector.

The workforce already engaged by contractors implementing this project will be considered first for the skill development programmes.

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