New Delhi: Aiming for ‘Sewa’ along with skill, speed, and scale the power ministry of the Government of India is all set to distribute free LED television sets in the off grids areas, especially of Arunachal Pradesh. While speaking to media here on rural electrification on Friday the MoS (I/C) Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal mentioned that, “People of such hill areas have been deprived from electricity. Even still there are many challenges. So I personally wish to provide the youths of these areas LED television sets through CSR companies along with Solar Kits. That will help them to connect with the world.”
The people of off grid areas of Arunachal Pradesh are been provided by the Solar Kits of five LED bulbs, one solar battery and one fan by the power ministry where other areas like Left extremism affected areas where installation of power grids are challenging, there the government circulated kits of one LED bulb, one battery and one fan, an official said.
For extensive information on electrification the power minister also launched GARV dashboard at the National Media Centre here on the same day. GARV-I mobile application was launched in 2015 on rural electrification, GARV-II mobile application was launched in 2016 aiming the house hold electrification. But the dashboard now is a collective form of both. It shows the weekly and monthly data over electrified and un-electrified villages of respective states. The Adhaar number of consumers also has to be registered to the dashboard but it will be hidden. In a major move the government also registered 13,469 electrified villages among the total target of 18,452 till May 15 of this year. Till April 30, 2017 256.81 Lakh BPL families have been provided by free electricity and the Rs. 7965.87 crore, highest ever grant in any Financial Year (FY) has been released so far, the ministry also claimed. “Our commitment is to reach out to every citizen of the country with affordable shelter, education, food and electricity at affordable price for a better livelihood. We also are committed to electrify each and every households and villages by August 15, 2022,” the minister added. While speaking he also mentioned that he is personally monitoring the rural electrification data. “I am personally monitoring the comparative data, especially of feeble areas. It is the effort of electrifying all. It is a bilateral process where I am in touch with states,” he also mentioned. The center has also asked all states in the last meeting to conduct surveys on un-electrified villages and urged them to reach out to the power ministry with the list. “The power policy is quite flexible now as we have given space to states to implement their policies also,” Goyal said.
However, the government is still lacking in hybrid power sector due to the higher cost. But at the same time the government has also decided to provide separate grids to farmers for agricultural usage. In the meantime, welcoming the GST council’s decision to keep coal in the lowest tax slab of 5% Goyal said, “Tariffs for solar projects vary from project to project. The rise will be compensated by the decline in corruption and operational difficulties.” “The entire GST regime has been designed to being down the cost of goods and aims at one nation, one tax to reduce corruption. I am happy that the GST Council decided to keep coal in 5% tax slab. It will help bring down costs,” the minister mentioned.