Rural electrification project in limbo

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday chaired the review meeting here to gauge the progress of Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojna (RGGVY)—a Central scheme for providing access to electricity in the rural areas.

As per reports, only half of the desired objective has been achieved as about 8, 000 out of 15, 311 villages have been provided electricity under this scheme.

On the other hand, state Energy Minister Atany Sabyasachi said, infrastructure in 5, 248 villages have been equipped to supply electric connectivity to the households.

The tribal-dominated districts such as Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Malkangiri, Nuapada and Koraput are yet to witness illumination.

The rural electrification project is in shambles as there has been little or no progress in many parts of the state. The sorry state of affairs has been attributed to tardy implementation of the scheme. In some areas the scheme is yet to reach the beneficiaries and in some areas it is yet to be get connectivity.

In wake of the situation, the state government today convened a review meeting to expedite the rural electrification programme.