Delay in electrification


Union Ministry of Power has pulled up J&K for dilly-dallying approach in electrification of over 3.80 lakh households in different parts of the State despite liberal financial assistance under major schemes aimed at ensuring Power for All by December 31, 2018. During a recent review meeting convened at Union Capital the Ministry of Power conveyed its displeasure to the senior functionaries of the Power Development Department of Jammu and Kashmir over slackness in electrification of un-electrified households in the State. The Ministry observed that over 3.80 lakh households are yet to be electrified by the Power Development Department (PDD) and Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), which have been entrusted with the task of implementation of major power sector schemes like Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), Prime Minister Development Programme (PMDP) and Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana commonly known as Saubhagya. The concern of the Union Power Ministry is genuine as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very serious about giving practical shape to his announcement regarding Power for All by December 31, 2018 across the country and Prime Minister's Office is regularly seeking update about electrification of un-electrified households from the Power Ministry and laying stress on initiating steps to meet the deadline.
Union Ministry had explicitly told the top brass of the Power Development Department to leave no stone unturned to complete electrification work within the stipulated time so that J&K doesn't act as road-block in ensuring Power for All by December 31, 2018. As per the official data, of total 3.81 lakh un-electrified households, 2.26 lakh are required to be electrified under DDUGJY and PMDP-Rural and remaining 1.55 lakh under Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana. It is pertinent to mention here that Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana was launched by the Prime Minister on July 25, 2015 for facilitating 24×7 supply of power by focusing on feeder separation (rural households and agricultural) and strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution infrastructure including metering at all levels in rural areas. Similarly, Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana -"Saubhagya" was launched on September 25, 2017 to ensure electrification of those households which could not be covered under any other power sector scheme. It may be recalled that three Central Public Sector Undertakings were selected for execution of works under DDUGJY and PMDP early this year following no response from the private contractors since 2015. It is a matter of serious concern that even after liberal financial assistance from the Union Power Ministry the State is soft-paddling on electrification works and depriving timely benefit of the Centrally Sponsored Schemes to the targeted population.

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