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CCEA approved continuation of "Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana" in 12th Plan

The Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs on 2 August 2013 approved the proposal of the Ministry of Power for continuation of the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) in the 12th year Plan. 

The Yojana will be carried on for:
• Completion of the spillover works of projects those were sanctioned during the 10th and 11th five year plan. 
• For continuing the scheme for covering all remaining census villages and habitations with population of above 100
• To provide free electricity connections to BPL households at the rate of 3000 rupees per connection in villages and habitations with population of above 100.
• Extension of the DDG to grid connected areas to supplement the availability of power in areas where power supply is less than six hours a day.

The capital subsidy that will be required for completion of the taks will be 35447 crore rupees, it will also include the 12849 crore rupees towards spillover works. Of the total requirement of the subsidy, 23397 crore rupees would be met through GBS for 12th Plan and remaining 12050 crore rupees would spill over to 13th Plan. 

During the 10th and 11th plan period, 648 projects were sanctioned (it included 72 phase 2 projects were sanctioned during the year 2011-12) and it covered 112795 un-electrified villages, 402364 partially electrified villages and 275.69 lakh BPL households with a total project estimation of 420760.44 crore rupee. 

Of the total project sanctioned, electrification works of 104496 un-electrified villages with intensive electrification in 248553 partially electrified villages were completed by 31 March 2012. Free electricity connections of 19425 lakh BPL households were also released and 26151 crore rupee capital subsidy were utilized under various schemes till 31 March 2012.    

About Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana:
Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) was launched in April-05 by merging all ongoing schemes. Under the programme 90% grant is provided by Govt. of India and 10% as loan by REC to the State Governments. REC is the nodal agency for the programme. 

The RGGVY aims at -
• Electrifying all villages and habitations as per new definition
• Providing access to electricity to all rural households
• Providing electricity Connection to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families free of charge

Initially, the scheme was approved with the capital subsidy of 5000 crore rupees to be completed during the last two years of the 10th Plan period that ended in March 2007. 

RGGVY continued in 11th Plan with capital subsidy of 28000 crore rupees. During 2011-12, the Planning Commission approved additional capital subsidy of 6000 crore rupees.



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