(IGP) Special Current Affairs Material for IAS (Pre) 2013 – PIB “Topic:RGGVY – Turning The Wheel Of Rural India”

(IGP) Special Current Affairs Material for IAS (Pre) 2013

Chapter: Gist of Press Information
Bureau Articles

Topic: RGGVY – Turning The Wheel Of
Rural India

Q. Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY)?

  • Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) was launched in April
    2005 so that rural and urban India could become one in their expression of
    developed India. RGGVY envisages inclusive growth for the nation by bridging
    the rural-urban divide.

  • The programme aims at developing the rural electricity infrastructure and
    household electrification to provide access to electricity to all rural
    households. For this programme, electricity is not just a medium to lighten
    the villages but also a tool to enlighten the minds and souls of rural
    population by helping them come out of darkness, low levels of development,
    low literacy levels and non-availability of basic facilities.

Q. How Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) will be implemented?

  • Under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY), 576 projects
    targeting to electrify 1.10 lakh un/de-electrified villages and intensive
    electrification of 3,48,987 partially electrified villages have been
    sanctioned in the country.
  • In addition thirty three projects in 33 districts have also been
    sanctioned under Phase-II of the RGGVY. Further, thirty six supplementary
    projects have also been sanctioned under Phase-II.
  • The implementation process of the scheme involves preparing a district
    based detailed project report for execution on turnkey basis. Then Central
    Public Sector Undertakings are involved in the implementation.
  • Gram Panchayat is involved in the certification of an electrified
    village. The Infrastructure under RGGVY includes – Rural Electricity
    Distribution Backbone (REDB) with 33/11 kV (or 66/11 kV) substations of
    adequate capacity and lines to be established in blocks where these do not
    exist; Village Electrification Infrastructure (VEI) which involves
    electrification of un-electrified villages and habitations.
  • There is a provision of Distribution Transformer of appropriate capacity
    in villages or habitations; and Decentralized Distributed Generation (DDG)
    based on conventional and non-conventional energy sources where grid supply
    is not feasible or cost effective.
  • Under RGGVY electric connections are also provided to un-electrified
    public places like schools, panchayat offices, community / health care
    centres, dispensaries, etc. Providing power to rural areas means all round
    development of these areas by promoting education, health care facilities,
    computerisation, telecommunication, online access to land records and access
    to new technology in agriculture.

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