Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the rooftop solarisation of 1 crore houses on Thursday (1 February) in her Budget speech. Through rooftop solarisation, 1 crore houses will be enabled to get 300 units of electricity free per month.
"This scheme follows the resolve of the Prime Minister on the historic day of the consecration of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya," she said highlighting that households will be able to save Rs 15,000-18,000 annually and the surplus can be sold to distribution companies.
"Charging of electric vehicles, entrepreneurship opportunities for a large number of vendors for supply and installation, employment opportunities for youth with technical skills in manufacturing, installation and maintenance" are other benefits.
The Narendra Modi government's plan to provide free electricity contradicts of that of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal, whose free electricity promises are known to have burdened the state exchequer.
Also, the scheme uses green energy for electricity from a renewable source like the sun.
Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.
An appeal from Swarajya
At Swarajya, we rely on our readers' support through subscriptions to sustain our media platform. Unlike larger conglomerates, we are unable to relentlessly chase advertising money — our model is largely built on your patronage.
Your support has never been more crucial. We work tirelessly to deliver 10-15 high-quality articles daily, ensuring you receive insightful content from 7 AM to 10 PM.
If you believe India's story has to be articulated in a way it has never been done before without shrugging it off, become a patron (or) subscribe now for ₹̶2̶4̶0̶0̶ ₹1999 and get 12 print issues, unlimited digital access for 1 year, a special India that is Bharat T-shirt (Offer ends soon).
We are counting on you!