Jyotigram to Jyoti Yojana - NaMo plans to light up India

Keeping its promise to take electricity supply to rural areas, the Union Government of India has approved schemes which will lighten up the dark alleys of rural India. The Government launched a 40,000 crore plan to strengthen rural power supply under the scheme - Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY).

Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana is aimed at ensure power supply for eight hours everyday to agricultural consumers and 24-hour electricity to rural households.  The Centre has alo approved a 30,000 crore Integrated Power Department Scheme to strengthen electricity transmission and distribution in towns. Both these schemes will replace UPA’s ambitious Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutkaran Yojna (RGGVY).

According to a PTI report, 'Cabinet on Thursday approved the launch of Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) with components to separate agriculture and non-agriculture feeders facilitating judicious rostering of supply to agricultural and non-agricultural consumers in rural areas,' Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

The estimated cost of the scheme for above two schemes is approximately Rs 43,033 crore which includes the requirement of budgetary support of Rs 33,453 crore from the Government over the entire implementation period.

The balance work relating of the ongoing scheme of RGGVY till 2022 will get subsumed in this scheme as a distinct component for rural electrification. Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana is likely to work towards improvement in hours of power supply in rural areas, reduction in peak load, improvement in billed energy based on metered consumption and providing access to electricity to rural households.

The process of sanction of projects shall commence immediately. After sanction of projects, contracts for execution of projects will be awarded by States discoms or power departments. The projects shall be completed within 24 months from date of award.

With the advent of Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, the people living in rural areas will finally get to see the light of the day in their lives of which they have been deprived of since many decades.

Courtesy Niti Central

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