Power for All Agreement Scheme In UP

Power for All Agreement Scheme in UP

For the overall progress of the nation, it is mandatory that all the villages are appropriately provided the power of electricity. Among all the 29 states in India, Uttar Pradesh was the only state that kept itself distant from being a part of the “Power for All” project, which was launched by the central government. But with the change of the political scenario in the state, this is going to change very soon.

What is “Power for All” Agreement?

The Central Government has already implemented the unique program, under the leadership of the Prime Minister of the nation, Mr. Narendra Modi, for bringing electricity to all the homes, in every state. Under the scheme, the central government will assist the state government in implementing necessary steps for making the power available in such quantities, so that all the houses can be brought under it. According to the agreement, all the states were to sign a memorandum with the central government. The central government will assist the state with electricity, funding and associated electrical accessories for making the dream of providing electricity to all homes a reality.

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Launch Dates of the scheme

According to the official reports, the Cm of the state will sign the memorandum with the Central government, under the Power for all agreement, on the 14th of April, 2017. The signing of the agreement will be done in the presence of Shrikant Sharma, the State Power Minister and Piyush Goyal, the Union Minister of State. The draft has already been prepared and the state will soon start the task of implementing the scheme. According to the guidelines of the program, the task of implementation is set to be completed by the end of 2019.

Aim of the Power for All Agreement

As per the draft prepared by the government and the announcement made during the launch of the policy, the main stress was put on providing all the houses in remote and rural areas with the facility of uninterrupted electricity. The central government by unifying their efforts with the state government will set up power plants for becoming self-sufficient in the production of power. This electricity will be distributed to the remotest parts to ensure that all houses have electricity for 24 hours.

Main features of Power for All Agreement

To understand the plans of the government, it is mandatory that we take a closer look at the salient features of the scheme. The following points are the activities, which will be handled by the state and the central authorities under the Power for All program:

  1. Power to rural areas – The state of UP has signed the memorandum and the main feature of the government is to reach the power of electricity to the remotest villages. It will be done so that all the homes can enjoy the comfort. The scheme benefit bring around 1.12 crore houses in the villages.
  2. Power in the urban areas – As there are many houses in the urban areas, which do not have the advantage of enjoying electricity, the state government has promised that they will provide power to 0.15 crore homes in cities.
  3. 24 hours of power – As per the guidelines of the scheme, the state government will be aiming at providing each of the homes, in the rural as well as the urban areas, with unhindered electric supply. The government aims at providing electricity for 24 hours.
  4. Providing electrical accessories – The cost of the electrical accessories is high. To aid the rural people, the state government will distribute power saving LED bulbs and ceiling fans. The cost of the bulbs will be Rs. 60 and the cost of the ceiling fans will be Rs. 1150.
  5. Strict time frame – As per the planning of the state and the central government, the scheme will be proactively implemented. The government wants to complete the task of reaching power to all the houses by the end of 2019.
  6. Establishing power plants – As the state has a high requirement of power, the CM has commented that the state will try to meet the requirements internally. It will be done by setting up power generation plants. The state authorities will also work towards the installation of solar power panels.
  7. E-payment of electricity bills – To aid the people of the villages, the power department of the state will take necessary measures, so that they do not face any problems, while paying the electricity bills. To make it even easier for them, the option of E-payment of the bills will be kept.
  8. Customer care number – Under the plan, the state government will also set up a section that will deal with reporting the grievances of the consumers. Activation a toll free number of 1912 will be done. It will assist the consumers in calling up the authorities and lodging complains of power cut, power theft etc.
  9. No power cuts during exam months – According to the official reports, the power minister of the state has commented that the CM does not want the students to suffer during the exam months, due to power shortage. Thus, he has already announced that the state will ensure that rural areas do not experience load shedding for four hours, in the evening (7 PM to 11 PM).
  10. Elimination theft of power – To fulfill the demands of the state, a huge quantity of 16,000 MW of electricity is required. Thus, it is the responsibility of the state to see that instances of hooking and theft of electricity is not done. The CM added that the accused will be punished under the law of the land.
  11. Compensation for the affected farmers – As the naked wires often causes electrical fires to break out and terminate the produce of the farmers. This is a huge loss for them. The CM said that the all the district magistrates will be instructed to pay compensation. If this is not done, the accused magistrate will be tried.

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Budget allocated by the government

As estimated, the entire project will require around 40, 000 crore. According to the government reports, the state aims at successfully spending half of the amount within 2018.

States already registered under the scheme

With the launch of the Power for All initiative by the central government, the invitation was sent out to the state governments of all the states so that they can register under the scheme and give the gift of electricity to the common people living in the respective areas. The implementation of the program was started with 16 states. The first state to register under the scheme was Andhra Pradesh under N. Chandrababu Naidu. Assam followed the path of AP and signed the scheme. Next came Bihar, Goa, Chhattisgarh, HP, Gujarat, Hyderabad, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Kerala, Uttrakhand, MP, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Orissa, Telangana, Sikkim, Rajasthan, Punjab. The only state that stayed away from the scheme was Uttar Pradesh. Now, the situation will change under Yogiji.

With the successful implementation of the plan, the CM will not only be able to keep his promise of making the lives of the people better but will also be able to enhance the overall development of the state. Nothing is possible without electricity and once it is made available in villages, the lifestyle of the residents will change for good.

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