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The Supreme Court should have transferred the case outside Gujarat for a fair trial as is being asked by the NHRC and Citizens for Justice and Peace. “Modi would not succeed unless he displayed a big heart, by contrast, the president of Tamil Nadu Cinema Theatre Owners’ Federation, 25 rhinos died in poaching and floods since the BJP-led government took oath, From: Phil Jones people are waiting to see Salman repeat his magic in a cameo. without access to electricity.Source: Pradeep Kocharekar Top News If government data is anything to go by nearly all villages in the country — or 987 per cent of them to be precise — have been electrified A closer look at the electrification data from the hinterland — especially from states such as Bihar Uttar Pradesh Assam Jharkhand and Odisha — shows that a sizeable number of the households in villages across most states are still in the dark without access to electricity For instance the 979 per cent 995 per cent and 953 per cent of the villages in Bihar Uttar Pradesh and Assam respectively have been deemed ‘electrified’ as per the Central government data Yet as per the data provided by the governments of Bihar Uttar Pradesh and Assam 8284 per cent 7297 per cent and 6293 per cent of their rural households respectively are still without any access to electricity Why is this the case The answer somewhere lies in the way ‘village electrification’ is defined As per the government’s 2006 rural electrification policy a village is deemed ‘electrified’ if basic infrastructure such as distribution transformer and distribution lines has been set up in the inhabited locality including a ‘Dalit basti’ Moreover at least 10 per cent of the households of such a village should have access to electricity through the basic infrastructure established Nowhere does the definition talks about actual electricity connection or its supply to the household Consequently as per the data provided to the Centre by the states out of total 1719 crore rural households living in 29 states of the country 3573 per cent (614 crore) are without any access to electricity The country’s villages are ‘electrified’; their 614 crore households are yet to get access to electricity On its website the Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) has provided another set of data titled ‘intensive electrification’ which is one step forward after electrification “After electrification of the village intensification works are taken up till 100 per cent households are electrified Hence intensification is an ongoing process not only in these 18452 villages (which are currently getting electrified under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana) but also in the villages electrified long ago Intensification works are also going on in those states where 100 per cent village electrification has already been completed such as Punjab Haryana Maharashtra etc Therefore the percentage of village electrification always differs with the percentage of rural households electrified” said Dinesh Arora executive director REC Intensive electrification — which truly shows the extent to which rural households have access to electricity — in states such as Uttar Pradesh Jharkhand and Bihar is 22 per cent 24 per cent and 50 per cent respectively Out of total 728 lakh villages which were planned to be ‘intensively electrified’ only 377 lakh (52 per cent) have been done till last month In comparison 987 per cent villages have been electrified till date REC is the nodal agency to operate and monitor rural electrification and it receives 05 per cent of the total project cost as its fees The top five states which have got largest number of unelectrified rural households are Bihar Uttar Pradesh Assam Jharkhand and Odisha Under rural electrification scheme the households which are below poverty line (BPL) should get free electricity connections from the government The top five states which have got the highest number of unelectrified Below Poverty Line (BPL) households currently are Uttar Pradesh Bihar Jammu and Kashmir Madhya Pradesh and Manipur As per REC data only 57 per cent of the country’s rural BPL households have been electrified “The infrastructure created under the (rural electrification) scheme is to be energised operated & maintained by the concerned discom (state power distribution company) to ensure regular power supply to the villagers The responsibility of releasing electricity connections to individual households including free connections to BPL households also lies with the discom” said Arora Power game Power belongs to the concurrent list of the Constitution; both Centre and states have a substantial role to play In rural electrification the Centre releases the funds through REC to states; it is ultimately the states which have to implement the scheme through their power distribution companies (discoms) Before the UPA government announced the rural electrification scheme titled Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) in March 2005 the electrification drive was going at a snail’s pace Just 18500 villages were electrified in between 1997-02 as compared to 120000 villages electrified in 1980-85 As per the REC data the number of villages electrified in 2002-03 2003-04 and 2004-2005 were zero 122 and 765 respectively Clearly most of the schemes were running far off their sanctioned targets In the first year of RGGVY around 10 thousand villages were electrified in 2005-06 itself Subsequently 28706 villages were electrified in 2006-07; 9301 villages were electrified in 2007-08; 12056 villages were electrified in 2008-09 The village electrification drive had once again gathered pace Meanwhile the 2001 Census had put the rural household electrification figure at 4352 per cent “It is not as if this issue (of household electrification) has not been flagged off earlier In 2004-05 one of the power ministry’s discussion paper on rural electrification policies had mentioned the fact that even though 80-85 per cent villages have been ‘electrified’ (in 2004) just 42-44 per cent of the rural households truly had the ‘access to electricity’ However village electrification remained a priority” said a former power ministry official on the condition of anonymity Consequently the number of rural household electrification by 2011 had just increased to 551 per cent according to Census figures By the time NDA came back to power in May 2014 the UPA had already electrified approximately105 lakh villages out of 125 lakh villages that were unelectrified in 2005 In 2014-15 REC electrified just 1405 villages In November 2015 the Union Cabinet approved Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) RGVVY — which dealt purely with electrification — was subsumed under it Apart from electrification the DDUGJY also sanctioned money for separation of feeders for domestic and agricultural usage; strengthening rural electricity distribution structure; metering of feeders transformers and consumers “Feeder metering is our priority at present Metering of distribution transformers and at consumers end can be done later by the states” said Arora As on April 1 2015 only 18542 villages remained unelectrified Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech in 2015 announced that these villages will be electrified within the next 1000 days At the present date just 7716 villages are unelectrified It can be safely said that the each and every village would soon be deemed electrified by the government well before the deadline According to sector experts the rural household electrification is a different ball game altogether as compared to village electrification and it would require reorientation of focus and targets In June 2016 a conference was held in Goa of Union power minister Piyush Goyal along with all state power ministers With much enthusiasm the states said they will provide electricity to every rural household and not just the ones in those 18452 villages by March 2019 Bihar as per its own estimates has electrified just 12 per cent (26 lakh) of its rural households in last 15 years Around 83 per cent of the state’s rural households are without any access to electricity Yet the minutes of the Goa meeting noted: “The Honourable Power Minister of Bihar (Bijendra Prasad Yadav) stated that one of the priority of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Bihar is ‘har ghar bijli lagataar (uninterrupted electricity to every home)’ and informed that the aim is to electrify each and every household by December 2018” On Tuesday Andhra Pradesh became the second state in the country after Gujarat to achieve 100 per cent household electrification — rural as well as urban — as per the report of JM Financials When Arora was asked as to why some states like Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh have been highly successful in rural household electrification as compared to others he said “Rural electrification is a concurrent subject and prime responsibility lies with states In order to boost rural electrification (villages as well as households) government of India facilitates the state government However achievement in the electrification of households is also dependent on the policies of the state government willingness of the state government toughness of the geographical area LWE (left wing extremism) affected area forest area etc” The Central government is soon going to launch a web portal which would show a real time status of household electrification data Currently it has written to states asking for re-validation of the data which it already has 100 per cent village will soon be electrified but with more than a third of rural households still in the dark it is clear the Centre and states have a gigantic workload ahead of them For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Bangalore | Published: December 8 2014 12:19 pm Services like exam results train bus bookings and cab bookings payments of bills for electricity telephones and tax payments will be accessible through the Mobile One service Related News An ambitious project of the e-governance department of the government of Karnataka to bundle over 600 government services – like application and issuance of birth and death certificates property registration etc – into one seamless web location that is accessible over mobile phones is set to be launched here on Monday afternoon by President Pranab Mukherjee Called Mobile One the e-governance project in Karnataka is being labelled as the first of its kind in the country and brings a whole range of government services that are currently spread across hundreds of government websites into one common easily accessible location The Mobile One service will also bring under one virtual roof some 1000 private services A Mobile One app will be the gateway to the government services for mobile phone users while users of ordinary phones will be able access services through SMSes or calls to the toll free 161 number Services like exam results train bus bookings and cab bookings payments of bills for electricity telephones and tax payments will be accessible through the Mobile One service According to the state government the Mobile One service will bring 637 government services spread over the websites of 37 government departments under its ambit The Mobile One e-governance project is being positioned by the Congress government in Karnataka as a flagship achievement of its 18 month tenure The efforts to provide time bound and online services for government departments called the Sakala scheme had originally been launched by the BJP government during its tenure from 2008-2013 As many as 600 government services was made time bound under the Sakala scheme and officials were liable for failing to deliver services with the prescribed limit for each service For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by A Kameshwari | New Delhi | Published: October 26 2017 6:46 pm Kapil Sharma celebrates his Firangi trailer success Top News Kapil Sharma as Manga in his upcoming film Firangi is receiving good response from his fans critics and contemporaries The trailer has managed to touch 2 million views on YouTube and the actor is overwhelmed with such a response In fact his new Bollywood avatar where he has shed his signature funny image has sort of impressed and stunned the audience as they are seeing a new Kapil altogether So Firangi has given many reasons for Kapil to celebrate and the actor thought of sharing his happiness with the evergreen Gurdaas Maan The comedian-turned-actor shared a picture on Twitter where we can see both him and Gurdaas Maan cutting a success cake The actor wrote “Celebrating the success of the trailer of #firangi with our loving @gurdasmaan sahib at their place” Not just the audience Kapil’s trailer received warm response from his The Kapil Sharma Show co-stars too Ali Asgar who presently hosts Lip Sing Battle with Farah 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