The Government stands committed to achieve electrification of all un-electrified villages in the country by 31st March 2017 and covering access to all rural households, Piyush Goyal Union Minister of State for Coal, Power and New and Renewable Energy said.
Goyal was addressing a workshop organized for sensitizing Gram Vidyut Abhiyantas’ (GVAs) of their Roles, Responsibilities, Functions and Reporting system in New Delhi on Wednesday. He emphasized that the newly recruited GVAs will put the foundation of developed India while helping in providing better facilities in various sectors like education, health, skill development etc.
The Minister said that based on the composite development of an individual, top 10 Abhiyantas will be awarded each year. Rural Electrification Corporation (REC), a Poweer Ministry’s undertaking, has deployed 309 GVAs at Block/ District level in order to assist State Distribution Utilities in electrification of villages. Over 300 GVAs across the country attended the workshop.
Goyal stated that in pursuance to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on 69th Independence Day regarding electrifying remaining 18500 un-electrified villages in the country within the next 1000 days, the Ministry of Power has taken up village electrification programme on Mission mode under the flagship scheme of Government of India ‘Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana’ (DDUGJY). He told that Power Ministry has chalked out a comprehensive action plan in consultation with States for electrification of all remaining un-electrified villages. He solicited the support of the States towards achieving this goal for bringing overall development in rural areas.
Rajeev Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director, REC said, “ An ambitious target of electrification of remaining 18,500 un-electrified villages in 730 days has been assigned to us. Our DDUGJY team is fully geared up to take up this challenge in association with states and state distribution utilities.”
“Our senior officials as nodal officers for each state would oversee village electrification. To strengthen the monitoring mechanism, now GVAs at block/district level have been appointed and this will help in meeting the targets,” he added.
The Minister also informed that for 3500 villages located in far flung areas where grid extension is either not feasible or cost effective; off-grid solutions have been worked in consultation with Ministry of New & Renewable Energy synergizing the whole effort.
He also launched ‘Grameen Vidyutikaran’ Mobile App at the occasion. The app will ensure real time updation of progress of electrification process through web portal/ Mobile App. The ‘Grameen Vidyutikaran’ Mobile App can be downloaded from the ‘Google Play Store’. The App will also provide real-time dashboard for senior officials of the Ministry, REC and State Governments, District Administration, REC and public at large.
Goyal also interacted with State Energy Secretaries of 19 States through video conferencing and urged them to avail maximum benefit through the GVAs and Mobile-App arrangement and to extend all cooperation in this regard.