13,469 Villages Have Been Electrified in India

IAS Prelims 2023

Union Minister of State for Power Piyush Goyal on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) informed that, out of the 18,452 un-electrified census villages in the country, 13,469 villages have been electrified up to 15th May, 2017.

The remaining rural electrification works of the erstwhile schemes have been subsumed into DDUGJY.

Under new DDUGJY, Government of India provides grant at the rate of 60% of project cost (85% for special category States). Further, additional grant at the rate of 15% grant is provided (5% for Special Category States) on fulfilment of the prescribed milestones.

More than 350 Gram Vidyut Abhiyantas (GVA) deployed in the field to monitor the progress of village electrification works.

GARV Mobile App (garv.gov.in) was developed for monitoring progress of electrification in 18,452 un-electrified villages, in line with milestones. GVAs update in the GARV App, field photographs, data and other information. Updated GARV has the special feature of SAMVAD – engaging the citizens for establishing transparency and accountability.

The scheme has complete flexibility for selecting scope of works as per local requirement/priority of States. The population criteria have been dispensed with and all Villages/hamlets without any population restriction are eligible under the scheme.

States are to consult District Electricity Committee (DEC) while formulating DPRs and the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) proposals of Members of Parliament are necessarily to be covered in the scheme.

The scheme has other features like Mandatory E-tendering, compliance of Standard Bidding Document. Private Discoms and RE Cooperative Societies are also eligible under the scheme.

The scheme is being reviewed by DISHA (District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee). Government of India is committed to transform the lives of rural populace and provide 24×7 Power for All (PFA).