New Delhi: The government’s ambitious scheme RGGVY to electrify rural India will miss the target as fewer than 50% of the selected 1.25 lakh villages have so far been electrified, according to official estimates.
The five-year Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY), with the aim of reaching power to 1.25 lakh villages and 2.34 lakh BPL families, was started in April 2005, but only 61,360 villages could be electrified till last month.
In order to achieve the RGGVY target, the government will have to electrify more than 63,000 villages in about a year, which is a tall order.
The RGGVY scheme will close on 31 March, 2010, with a majority of rural BPL families still deprived of electricity.
“Though there would be considerable shortfall in the achievement of target for BPL households, the target of electrification of one lakh un-electrified villages would be achieved,” a source told PTI, quoting an official document of the Ministry of Power, which has sought a minimum budgetary support of Rs9,000 crore for 2009-10.
“There has been some slippage in the programme as continuity in implementation was lost by delayed approval of the RGGVY. 2009-10 being the last year, speeding up the implementation of the programme has to be done to achieve the aforementioned targets,” the source added.