Govt fails to provide benefits of Rs 45 cr worth schemes of MNRE to people

JAMMU, June 24: Nume-rous un-electrified villages have yet not come out of the darkness despite enough financial support from the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy as Jammu and Kashmir Energy Develop-ment Agency (JAKEDA) has failed to provide full benefit of Rs 45 crore worth schemes to the people during the past three years.
Under Remote Village Electrification Programme of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the State Power Development Department provides list of the un-electrified villages and hamlets of the State to JAKEDA for onward submission to the Ministry, which forwards these lists to the Rural Electrification Corporation of Government of India.
The Rural Electrification Corporation segregates the villages/hamlets in two categories—villages/hamlets to be taken under Remote Village Electrification Programme by the MNRE and villages/hemlets to be taken under RGGVP Programme of the Ministry of Power. Accordingly, MNRE forwards the list of villages/hamlets to be taken under RVE Programme to the State Nodal Agencies for preparation of the project proposals for providing of basic lighting facilities.
During the Financial Year 2012-13, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy sanctioned three projects for implementation in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The Ministry vide order dated March 28, 2013 sanctioned 2841 Solar Home Lighting Systems and 155 Solar Street Lights for 11 un-electrified villages of the State involving cost of Rs 288.77 lakh.

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