REC Takes Up Village Electrification on Mission Mode: 13,685 Villages Electrified up to 20th June 2017
REC LIMITED (Formerly Rural Electrification Corporation Limited), a Navratna Central Public Sector Enterprise and a premier financial institution supporting power sector development across India, is the nodal agency for Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), which is an integrated scheme covering all aspects of rural power distribution viz. feeder segregation, system strengthening and metering. The scheme is aimed at transforming the lifestyle of villagers and bringing in overall socio-economic development in rural areas.
The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day address to the nation on 15th August 2015 pledged to electrify all 18,452 un-electrified villages within 1000 days. Thereafter REC has taken up village electrification on a Mission mode targeting completion by May 2018.
DDUGJY has an outlay of Rs 43,033 crore with a grant of Rs 33,453 crore from the Government of India. New projects for 32 States/UTs including works of Feeder Separation, System Strengthening & Connecting Rural Households, Metering, Village Electrification and Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana worth Rs. 42,553.17 crore have been approved.
More than 350 Gram Vidyut Abhiyantas (GVA) have been deployed to monitor the progress of village electrification. The GVAs update field photographs, data and other information in the GARV Mobile App (garv.gov.in), which has been developed for ensuring transparency and accountability.