RGGVY programme to be continued for rural electrification: Government
In order to continue providing electricity to all rural households the government has decided to carry on with the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY). The continuation of RGGVY in the current Plan period has been approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).
Requirements to continue the Programme:
- Capital subsidy of Rs 35,447 crore will be needed to continue the programme, including Rs 12,849 crore towards run over works.
- Rs 23,397 crore would be met through Gross Budgetary Support for the 12th Plan period (2012-17) and the remaining Rs 12,050 crore would fall over to the 13th Plan.
- The programme will cover all remaining census villages and habitations with a population of above 100.
About Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY):
- Launched in April 2005 with the objective of providing electricity to all rural households.
- The programme seeks to provide free electricity connections to BPL (Below Poverty Line) households at the rate of Rs 3,000 per connection in villages and habitations with population of above 100.
- The scheme was initially approved with capital subsidy of Rs 5,000 crore for the last two years of the 10th Plan period ending March 2007.
- It continued in 11th Plan with capital subsidy of Rs 28,000 crore. During 2011-12 an additional capital subsidy of Rs 6,000 crore was approved by the Planning Commission.
- During the previous two Plan periods, 648 projects – entailing a total cost of Rs 42,060.44 crore – covering 1,12,795 un-electrified villages, 4,02,364 partially electrified villages and 275.69 lakh BPL households were sanctioned.