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Govt. Contemplates for CMP for Development of Power Sector

Hyderabad, Sept 22 (INN): In order to successfully implement the SC/ST Sub-Plan and to ensure the functioning of Govt. Depts. in a more transparent way, the Govt. of AP has adopted a Five point programme, so that the benefits of various schemes should reach the actual beneficiaries belonging to the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST).

The Five point programme has been evolved after a series of brainstorming sessions at various levels. They include fixing of department wise targets; Online monitoring system for enhancing the transparency and accountability; Continuous supervision for effective implementation and timely completion; Quality control system to ensure the quality at every phase of the scheme andSocial auditing and effective communication to evaluate & cross check the implementation of the schemes and to create awareness among the beneficiaries about the benefits on various schemes.

Disclosing the above details, Dr. P.K. Mohanty, Chief Secretary & the Chairperson/SECM, while reviewing the progress of SC/ST sub-plans in all key depts. of the Govt., on Saturday late evening, said that the successful implementation of any Govt. scheme will mainly depend upon the strength & sustainability of power sector. That’s why the government is seriously contemplating to take up a Comprehensive Master Plan (CMP) for overall development of power sector with huge investments for the betterment of the society & stakeholders since electricity is a driving force for development of any sector.

Ministry of Power, Govt. of India has sanctioned an outlay of Rs. 35,447 Crores towards Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) Scheme throughout the country during 12th & 13th Plans. The Govt. of AP has been putting all out efforts to get the maximum allocation for the AP, since AP stood No.1 in India in implementation of prestigious RGGVY programme. Our State had electrified 13,002 un-electrified habitations and 35,65,160 rural households including 26,65,142 Below Poverty Line Rural Households. Impressed with the performance of power utilities on Rural Electrification, Govt. of India, has released Rs.795 Crores so far towards the RGGVY programme.

Under SC/ST Sub-Plan which is historic in nature, the Govt. of AP has provided budget of Rs.12,252 Crores towards Energy, Agriculture, Social welfare, Rural development, Minor irrigation, Weaker section housing, Rajiv Vidya Mission, RWS, MA&UD Dept. etc. Under the above SC/ST sub-plan, the AP power utilities are going to take up the works pertaining to Electrification of SC/ST habitations, Energisation of Agricultural pumpsets of SC/ST farmers, Providing new electrical connections to SC households.

The Chief Secretary directed the top officials of the Govt., to expedite the works under SC/ST Sub-Plan including the works taken up by DISCOMs for electrification of SC/ST habitations, energisation of Agricultural pumpsets etc., in a time bound manner so that all works are completed by the end of financial year 2013-14. We, the Govt. officials, have to further concentrate on implementation of development and welfare schemes duly adhering to the SC/ST sub-plan Act 1/2013 and see that the fruits of Govt. schemes, particularly the SC/ST sub-plan must reach actual beneficiaries, said Chief Secretary and further suggested Special Chief Secretary, Planning, SP Tucker, to coordinate with all depts. and monitor the progress of sub-plan.

M. Sahooo, Special Chief Secretary, Energy, informed that instructions have been issued to all DISCOMs to send the proposals for setting up of solar panels even in Grid connected areas also, to provide adequate power supply to the maximum extent possible in remote and isolated areas Adilabad, Khammam, Warangal, East Godavari, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, Prakasam, etc in tune with the the Govt. policy of promoting Clean and Green power. (INN)

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