New Delhi / Bhubaneswar, Sep 10:
The Odisha government has demanded the inclusion of all left-out villages and hamlets under the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana-II (RGGVY) at the states power ministers’ conference in New Delhi today.
The state has also demanded financial assistance from the Centre for the State Load Dispatch Centre.
Stating that the benefit of the RGGVY has not reached the targeted people of a number of villages and hamlets in Odisha with a population of less than 100 in the first phase of the scheme, the satte Energy minister Arun Sahu said the Energy ministry should realize the deficiencies and take realistic steps to amend the provisions before the second phase implementation of the scheme.
“I have reiterated the state’s demand to reconsider the decision and allow the benefits of Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (RAPDRP) to the consumers of the three private distribution companies (DISCOMs) of the state and other private DISCOMs in the country. Due to the non-extension of R-APDRP, which was pioneer in the power sector reforms in the country, Odisha is losing around Rs 1,500 crore per annum”, Sahu said.
Earlier, speaking to newsmen on Monday, the state Energy minister had said the desired results of the RGGVY launched in the state in 2007-08 had not been achieved due to deficiencies in planning, improper selection of contractors by the Central PSUs and lack of coordination at the field level. The minister had said he would submit a proposal for rectification of the deficiencies to ensure proper implementation of the scheme and seek a change in the consideration of load profile for a BPL household at 40 watt as it does not take into account the actual requirement.
He also informed that he would request the Union minister to provide enough flexibility to the implementing agencies for using RS poles, using tubular poles in hilly and difficult areas, closer spacing of polls in high tension (HT) and low tension (LT) lines, provision of higher ground clearance in the elephant corridors, wild life sanctuaries and vulnerable areas as part of safety features.
Though Odisha had undertaken power sector reforms and privatized the distribution sector in April 1999, it did not get any financial assistance under Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (APDRP) in the 10th Plan and Rs 51,577 crore under RAPDRP in the 11th and 12th Plan, the minister said.