Piyush Goyal’s Mammoth Target to Light Up Rural India

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Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Mr. Piyush Goyal tweeted that 253 Indian villages were electrified in a week under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY). Of 253 villages that got electrified 111 are located in Odisha, 81 are in Assam, 40 in Jharkhand, 13 are situated in Rajasthan, 4 in Bihar, 3 in Madhya Pradesh, and 1 in Uttar Pradesh.


DDUGJY was launched on the 25th of July 2015 from Patna by Prime Minister Narenda Modi. The scheme is specifically aimed at rural electrification. It is implemented by three central government agencies. The deadline for the scheme is 1st of May 2018 which is 1,000 days from its launch. The scheme has an outlay of Rs. 76,000 crore for implementation of the projects under which Government of India shall provide grant of Rs. 63,000 crore.

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Role of the state government RGGVY which got merged with DDUGJY:

Proactive support from the State Governments is essential for success of the program. Apart from statutory functions like notification of rural areas and recommendations to the Commission on specific cases of license exemption (u/s13), the State Governments inevitably have a larger developmental role.

The State governments have part to play in facilitation of network transfer to the rural local bodies from the state utilities. Creation of State nodal agency as a counter-part body for facilitation of RE projects is also an essential role that the State Governments have undertaken.

Real time monitoring of the work done under DDUGJY:

For the effective implementation of the scheme and for ensuring real time monitoring of electrification of the un-electrified villages and identifying implementation issues a mobile app has been developed.

The app provides real-time dashboard for senior officials of Ministry of Power, REC, State Governments, District Collectors and general public at large.

The dashboard provides information regarding:

• Project implementing agency,
• Name of DISCOM,
• Date of award,
• Name of the contractors,
• Milestone achieved supported by photographs for each village.

Role of GVA:

The information will be entered by Gram Vidyut Abhitantas (GVAs) during field inspection. GVA is to take photograph of landmark of village showing the village name and the date and time of visit by GVA along with GPS coordinates will automatically be captured by the mobile app to make sure data entered is correct.

GVA also examines and records observations on quality of electrical works. GVA takes photographs of executed works and these photographs are part of village-wise inspection report.

Major components of DDUGJY:

The major components of the 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 and
• Rural electrification already sanctioned projects under RGGVY to be completed.

Progress card of DDUGJY:

Under DDUGJY-RE, Ministry of Power has sanctioned 921 projects to electrify 1,21,225 un-electrified villages, intensive electrification of 5,92,979 partially electrified villages and provide free electricity connections to 397.45 lakh BPL rural households.

As on 30th June 2015, works in 1,10,146 un-electrified villages and intensive electrification of 3,20,185 partially electrified villages have been completed and 220.63 lakh free electricity connections have been released to BPL households.

Other feathers in the cap of Ministry of Power:

• 65,554 MVA highest ever increase in sub-station capacity
• 22,566 MW highest ever generation capacity addition
• 22,100 CKM highest ever increase in transmission lines

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