Cabinet approves power supply scheme

Aiming to provide round-the-clock electricity to all households, the Centre on Thursday approved the launch of Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) to supply electricity through separate feeders for agricultural and rural domestic consumption.

As per the scheme, there will be separate feeder for agriculture and domestic users in rural areas. The scheme which was successfully implemented in Gujarat, will be implemented across the country.

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also approved the programme of strengthening and augmentation of sub transmission and distribution infrastructure in rural areas, including metering of distribution transformers, feeders and consumers.

The estimated cost of the scheme for the two components is Rs43,033 crore which includes the requirement of budgetary support of Rs 33,453 crore from the central government over the entire implementation period.

The meeting also approved that the balance work relating to rural electrification through Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification scheme will be completed through DDUGJY.

The cabinet also approved the launch Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) with the objectives to strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution network in the urban areas, metering distribution transformers,feeders and consumers in the urban areas

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