Gandhinagar: Union minister of state for power, coal and renewable energy Piyush Goyal said on Friday that he wanted to implement Gujarat’s Jyotigram scheme nationally on a fast-track basis.

Goyal, who has independent charge of his ministry, was on a day’s visit to Gujarat to study power reforms in the state.

Jyotigram is considered as one of the most successful schemes initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his early years as chief minister of Gujarat. The scheme, launched in 2003, was meant to ensure round-the-clock electricity supply to rural areas of the state.

The scheme was implemented in most of the state’s 18,000 villages by 2006. It provides for a separate electric feeder for domestic use and for agricultural supply, continuous and of constant voltage. As a result, agriculture supply of nearly eight hours a day is provided.

“I want to implement this scheme in other states of the country with necessary modifications," Goyal said. “While electricity prices in Gujarat are not very high, the state has managed to develop a modernized network that emphasises on renewable energy as well. The transmission and distribution losses in the state have reduced to half in the last 13-14 years. We will soon decide a time-frame for rolling out Jyotigram scheme nationally."

Goyal held talks with state energy minister Saurabh Patel, top officers of power companies and officials of the state energy and petrochemicals department. He also met the state’s new chief minister Anandiben Patel.

Goyal was accompanied by Neerja Mathur, chairperson of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), and Devendra Chaudhary, additional secretary, ministry of power.

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