GUWAHATI, April 20 - Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia reviewed the progress of electrification work and interacted with all the Deputy Commissioners of the State via a video conference today.
Rajiv Bora, Additional Chief Secretary, Power Department, KV Eapan, Chairman, APDCL, P Bujarbaruah, MD, APDCL, officials of the Power Department; APDCL, REC Ltd and the Turnkey Contractors executing the works were also present in the video conference.
It may be mentioned that the Government of India has embarked upon an ambitious plan for extending the power network to all households of the country by March 2019 under the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana. To meet the challenge, rural electrification works have been sanctioned in Assam initially for electrification of 1611 un-electrified villages, besides extending the delivery system to partially-electrified villages and providing free service connections to about 5.5 lakh BPL households of the State.
Out of the above 1,611 villages, 922 villages have already been electrified by the APDCL during 2015-16 for which, performance of Assam was ranked within the first three States of the country.
The contractors highlighted the constraints faced by them in implementing the scheme like non-availability of BPL list, right of way, land issues, etc. The Chief Secretary directed the Deputy Commissioners to make available the list of BPL beneficiaries within the next two to three days. All other difficulties faced by the contractors were also asked to be sorted out by the respective Deputy Commissioners.
They were further asked to hold regular meetings with the field-level officials of the APDCL and the contractors to take stock of the situations.
The Chief Secretary requested the contractors to report to the DCs in the event of any hurdles in executing the scheme. He also informed that he would hold the next video conference after 15 days wherein he expected that substantial progress should be achieved, he stated.