Koraput: Energy minister Arun Sahu today expressed resentment over poor implementation of Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) in the district and directed the district collector to review the progress at the district level and expedite the work at the earliest.
Presiding over a high level review meeting on RGGVY and Biju Gram Jyoti Yojana at the Upper Kolab Power House Conference Hall here yesterday, Sahu said that the progress of the electrification work in the district is not up to expectation due to lack of proper coordination between the Southco officials and contractors.
Of the total 1995 beneficiaries under the scheme, 1586 beneficiaries so far have been provided electricity.
Likewise, of the total 1612 BPL beneficiaries included under RGGVY in Nabarangpur district, the benefit of the scheme has so far reached at the doorsteps of 1210 families. If the BPL families gets the benefit under the rural electrification scheme, the dream of Odisha Chief Minister to provide ‘bijli, sadak and pani’ to the poor people can be fulfilled, he told the officials at the meeting.
Admitting lack of manpower in the district, the minister asked the Southco vice-president to open one more division in the district and appoint one executive engineer there to expedite the rural electrification work in the district.
The meeting revealed that the progress of work under RGGVY in Koraput district was much below the desired target.
Of the total 1, 76,000 BPL families in the district, 59,005 families have been provided electricity under the scheme.
Though the ongoing rural electrification work under Biju Gramya Jyoti Yojona in three districts is satisfactory, the performance of Biju Urban electrification work is said to be dismal, the minister stated.
He directed the collectors of the three districts to expedite the work in urban areas and complete it latest by December 31 this year.
The minister also asked the Southco officials not to switch off their cell phones to enable the consumers to air their grievance and get uninterrupted electricity.
Blaming the NTPC for the poor performance of the rural electrification works in the three districts, School & Mass Education Minister Rabi Narayan Nanda, who was present at the meeting, said that NTPC has subleased the work to a Hyderabad-based ICOM farm.
Among others, Koraput MLA Raghuram Padal, Nabarangpur MLA Manohar Randhari, Umerkote MLA Subash Gond, additional secretary CP Mohanty, Koraput Collector Sachin Ramchandra Jadhav, Nabarangpur collector Jamini Sarangi, OHPC Managing Director Sahadev Khatua, Rayagada PD DRDA Premananda Seth , NTPC and Southco officials were present at the meeting.