Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today launched various development projects,including the Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana and Daniawan-Bihar Sharif new railway.
The Prime Minister also flagged off the Rajgir-Bihar Sharif-Daniawan-Fatuha passenger train and Patna-Mumbai AC Suvidha Express, launched the construction of the first phase of the Jagdishpur-Haldia pipeline project. dedicated to the nation the permanent IIT Campus at Patna and laid the foundation stone for Incubation Centre for Medical Electronics in Patna.
The Prime Minister said development is the panacea for all problems related to poverty and unemployment. He expressed satisfaction that there is now a general agreement on this aspect, and states are even becoming competitive with regard to development. He said India will progress only through the development of the States, and for this the Centre and States have to work together.
Emphasizing the importance of infrastructure, the Prime Minister said the gas pipeline and rail projects which were launched today would provide development and improve the quality of life of the people in the State. He said that if India has to progress, then the development of Eastern India is essential. He also mentioned several road projects that have been approved for Bihar by the Union Government.
The Prime Minister said that IIT Patna, whose new campus was inaugurated today, should also cater to the State’s development needs. He expressed hope that the Incubation Centre for medical devices launched at the IIT, would help manufacture medical devices in India to make them easily accessible for all.
Bihar Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Union Ministers Suresh Prabhu, Ram Vilas Paswan, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal, Upendra Kushwaha and Ram Kripal Yadav were present on the occasion.
DeenDayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana – An Over view :
The rural agricultural and non-Agriculture consumers (domestic and non-domestic load) of the country are generally serviced through the local distribution network. Many rural areas of the country face insufficient electricity supply, consequently the distribution utilities are forced to resort to load shedding, thus affecting the power supply to both Agriculture and non-Agriculture consumers.
The demand of power in rural areas is increasing day by day due to changing consumer base, improving living standards for which augmentation of rural infrastructure needs to be regularly undertaken
The investment in the distribution network is low due to bad financial health of the distribution companies. Therefore in order to augment the reliability and quality of supply distribution network needs to be strengthened.
To improve the commercial viability of power distribution, there is need for metering of all categories of the consumers.
Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY)
Keeping in view the above problems, Ministry of Power, Government of India has launched Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana for rural areas having following objectives:
i) To provide electrification to all villages
ii) Feeder separation to ensure sufficient power to farmers and regular supply to other consumers
iii) Improvement of Sub-transmission and distribution network to improve the quality and reliability of the supply
iv) Metering to reduce the losses
3. Financial provisions:
· Scheme has an outlay of Rs 76000 crore for implementation of the projects under which Government of India shall provide Grant of Rs 63000 crore.
· A total of Rs 14680 crore worth projects have already been approved out of which projects amounting to Rs 5827 crore have been approved for Bihar state.
4. Benefits from the scheme
· All villages and households shall be electrified
· Increase in agriculture yield
· Business of Small and household enterprises shall grow resulting into new avenues for employment
· Improvement in Health, Education, Banking (ATM) services
· Improvement in accessibility to radio, telephone, television, internet and mobile etc
· Betterment in social security due to availability of electricity
· Accessibility of electricity to schools, panchayats, hospitals and police stations etc
· Rural areas shall get increased opportunities for comprehensive development
Under this scheme, an Agriculture intensive state like Bihar shall benefit from works of feeder separation. Thousands of kilometres of new lines shall be laid and hundreds of new substations have been planned. The implementation of this scheme shall ensure the improvement in agricultural productivity and electrification of all the households.