November 24, 2020

SC/ST households to be lit up by May 5

Patna: All households in over 600 Bihar villages, which are predominantly inhabited by people from SC/ST communities, would be electrified by May 5 this year.

This work is being done as a component of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan launched on April 14 this year by the Centre and which would be carried out till May 5 during which works would be carried out in mission mode in 21,058 identified villages across the country in which saturation of eligible households would be made under seven flagship programmes, including household electrification work.

The six other schemes are related to providing free LPG gas cylinders, giving LED lamps, opening bank accounts, providing life insurance cover, providing accident insurance policy and immunisation of all the children in need of it.

With an aim to review the progress made under the household electrification scheme, Union minister of state (independent charge) for power and new and renewable energy Raj Kumar Singh would hold a meeting with the officials of the Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited on Tuesday and would issue directives if any corrective course would be required.

As far as Bihar is concerned, 635 villages out of the 21,058 villages in the country have been identified where implementation of all the seven flagship schemes has to be completed by May 5.

Sharing details about the progress made so far in the household electrification work in the identified villages of the state, Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited chairman Pratyaya Amrit told The Telegraph: “A total of 28,000 households need to be electrified in the identified villages out of which power connection has already been provided to 11,500 households.”

He said work in the remaining households would be completed well before the May 5 deadline. “We are keeping a close tab on the progress and our teams in the field are doing the job in mission mode,” added the holding company chairman.

If one sees the achievement in terms of villages, of the 635 identified villages, household electrification has already been completed in 126 villages. Sharing details about the preparations having been mode for Tuesday’s review meeting, Pratyaya said all the details along with relevant photographs would be shared with the Union minister and also a report would be presented to him.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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