A plan for rural electrification

About two years from now, power supply won't remain a guessing game for rural consumers and farmers. They would be able to plan their daily routine because of predictable, improved hours of supply which would ultimately lead to 24X7 availability. This is what the Centre wants to achieve for rural masses with the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana. The Cabinet approved the Rs.43,033 crore plan envisaging creation of separate feeders for farm and non-farm users with a view to “facilitating judicious rostering“ of supply.
The scheme is named after BJP idol Deendayal Upadhyaya and modelled after a similar project in Gujarat, Jyotigram Yojana, considered a key ingredient in Narendra Modi's recipe for providing 24X7 power supply in the state when he was chief minister.
The remaining work under UPA's rural electrification programme, Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana, in the 12th and 13th Plans would now get subsumed into the DDUGJY. The balance RGVVY work would form a distinct component of the new plan.
The new scheme envisages a budgetary support of Rs.33,453 crore from the Centre over the 24-month implementation period for grid separation and line augmentation. The process of sanctioning projects would commence immediately . After a project is sanctioned, contracts would be awarded by state discoms or power departments. The projects shall be completed within 24 months from date of award.
Separate feeders would give more headroom to grid managers to judiciously direct the available power in tune with demand pattern from farm and non-farm consumers. The scheme also envisages augmenting transmission and distribution infrastructure in rural areas, including metering of distribution transformers and feeders as well as consumers to check against power theft and bring in accountability .
A government statement said the scheme would improve hours of supply in rural areas, reduce peak load, improve accounting of energy and provide access to electricity to rural households.

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