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Haryana achieves 100 pc electrification under RGGVY

Shiv Rawal/SNS | Chandigarh |

Haryana has achieved the government's goal of providing electricity to all rural households. This has been mentioned in the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) in its Annual Report for 2016-17.

The NITI Aayog in its Evaluation Report on the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) that was issued to provide access to electricity to all rural households and electrification of all villages has mentioned that Haryana has achieved 100 per cent targets while the scheme was able to achieve 93.3 per cent of its target.

Among 15 sample states chosen for the scheme, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh too succeeded in achieve 100 per cent on providing the electricity to rural households.

As per the data accessed by The Statesman, as many as 2,07,626 connections were released under the scheme across 21 districts of Haryana out of which, the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) covered 77,970 households, while the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) provide electricity connections to 1,29,656 households.

As per the UHBVN details, maximum number of such connections under the RGGVY were provided in Sonipat district reporting 12687 households under the scheme, followed by Jind now in DHBVN (10531), Kaithal (9842), Karnal (9617), Kurukshetra (7453), Panipat (6276), Yamunanagar (6185), Ambala (5781), Jhajjar (5051), Rohtak (3904) and Panchkula (643).

While the DHBVN has reported maximum numbers of RGGVY connections in district Bhiwani where 25151 households were covered under the scheme, followed by Mewat(now Nuh) with 20507 households, Sirsa (19266), Hisar (18370), Rewari (16684), Palwal (9863), Fatehabad (9517), Mahendragarh (6297), Gurgaon now Gurugram (2882) and Faridabad (1119).

In order to attain National Common Minimum Programme (NCMP) goal of providing access to electricity to all rural households and electrification of all villages. Government of India, in April, 2005 conceived the scheme-RGGVY to electrify all villages and to provide access to electricity to all rural households in un-electrified and electrified villages in the entire country.

However, regarding the intensification of electrified villages, the overall achievement of the RGGVY was 53 per cent. The scheme covers electrification of all the villages in the country except the villages under the programme of Ministry of Non-conventional Sources (MNES) for providing electricity from non-conventional energy sources under their remote village electrification programme.

With the launch of this scheme, the existing “Accelerated Electrification of One lakh Villages and One Crore Households" and the Minimum Needs Programme for rural electrification also got merged with the RGGVY.