Even after over 60 years of independence, many rural areas of the country are yet to see electricity reach their doorsteps. Even in villages where it has reached, it rarely stays over an hour or two for the remote villages. Hell, even large cities like Patna and Lucknow do not have 24 hour electricity. Loadshedding is a common feature of these big cities. Hence, it becomes important to plan something big, something new to ensure that 24*7 electricity is made available to the poor in the villages.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana‘ for power sector reforms in rural areas with a view to ensuring round the clock electricity supply to farmers and rural households.
Speaking at the launch of the scheme here, Modi said that development is the panacea for all problems related to poverty and unemployment.
The new power scheme focuses on feeder separation (rural households and agricultural) and strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution infrastructure, including metering at all levels in rural areas.
The scheme is one of the flagship programmes of the Power Ministry and will facilitate 24×7 supply of electricity.
The major components of the new scheme are feeder separation; strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution network; Metering at all levels (input points, feeders and distribution transformers); Micro grid and off grid distribution network & Rural electrification will be completed.
The scheme has an outlay of Rs 76,000 crore for implementation of the projects under which the Centre shall provide grant of Rs 63,000 crore.
A total of Rs 14,680 crore worth projects have already been approved out of which projects amounting to Rs 5,827 crore have been approved for Bihar state.