PM JANMAN’s New Solar Power Scheme

In a bid to address the energy needs of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs), the Pradhan Mantri Janjati Adivasi Nyaya Maha Abhiyan (PM JANMAN) has introduced a groundbreaking initiative – the New Solar Power Scheme. This scheme, with an approved financial outlay of Rs. 515 Crore, aims to electrify one lakh un-electrified households in PVTG areas across 18 states and union territories, fostering sustainable development and inclusivity.


Launched as part of the broader PM JANMAN, the New Solar Power Scheme seeks to provide energy access to PVTG habitation and villages where grid-based electricity supply is not economically viable. The period of implementation spans from 2023-24 to 2025-26, with a focus on eleven critical interventions across nine line ministries.

Salient Features

Solar Home Lighting System (SHLS): Scattered un-electrified households in PVTG areas will benefit from the installation of SHLS, inclusive of LED bulbs and fans, provided free of cost. Additionally, comprehensive maintenance services for five years will ensure the sustained functionality of the systems.

Solar Mini Grids: For clusters of households in PVTG habitation, Solar Mini-Grids will be implemented, complete with a battery bank, distribution lines, and control equipment. The Ministry will offer Central Financial Assistance (CFA) support limited to Rs. 50,000 per un-electrified household covered under the mini-grids, along with necessary appliances.

Solarisation of Multi-Purpose Centers (MPC): Identified Multi-Purpose Centers (MPCs) in areas where grid connections are unfeasible will undergo electrification through off-grid solar power packs with battery banks. The Ministry will provide CFA limited to Rs. 1 lakh per MPC, covering the entire system cost.

Sanction Status

As of now, the scheme has been sanctioned in several states, including Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Telangana, and Tripura. Various power distribution companies, such as APEPDCL, CSPDCL, JBVNL, CESC, TSNPDCL, TSSPDCL, and TSECL, have been entrusted with the implementation of the scheme in their respective regions.

How to Avail Financial Assistance?

Un-electrified households in PVTG areas can take advantage of the scheme by reaching out to their respective electricity distribution companies. These companies will facilitate the installation of solar systems and guide eligible households in availing financial assistance.


The New Solar Power Scheme under PM JANMAN is not just an energy initiative; it’s a transformative step towards empowering marginalized communities. By bringing sustainable energy solutions to PVTG habitation and villages, the scheme not only addresses a critical need but also promotes inclusivity and environmental responsibility. As the sun sets on darkness, the rays of solar power illuminate the path towards a brighter, more equitable future for India’s particularly vulnerable tribal groups. PM JANMAN’s commitment to this initiative demonstrates a holistic approach to development, ensuring that no community is left behind on the journey towards progress.

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