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Central scheme for rural electrification

The State Government has urged the Centre to sanction free domestic connections to around 20 lakh Below Poverty Line (BPL) consumers besides electrification of the colonies of marginalised sections under Rajiv Gandhi Grameena Vidyuthikarana Yojana (RGGVY).

The state has also permitted for mobilisation of funds to a tune of Rs 4,000 crores through power bonds, the Energy Secretary, Dinesh Kumar said in a press release here on Sunday.

Besides providing tariff subsidy of Rs. 4,300 crores, the State accorded permission for mobilization of funds to the tune of Rs. 4000 Crs in the form of A.P. power bonds towards clearance of additional power purchases, he said.

Though the state’s installed generation capacity doubled in the past decade, still it is unable to meet power requirement due to reasons like unprecedented increase in power demand, shortage of coal and natural gas, dry spell and reduced inflows into Hydel reservoirs and the like, he said.

Besides giving top most priority to the domestic and agriculture sectors, special care has been taken to meet the needs of industrial sector to minimise power shortages and proposed Expensive Power Purchase Charge (EPPC) scheme, he said. (INN)

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