Government’s ‘power for all’ plan through the budgets

Government’s ‘power for all’ plan through the budgets

The government has connected about 96 per cent of households across the country with electricity supply, and hopes to take power lines to the rest by January 26. That’s a significant achievement the Narendra Modi government will showcase to the voters before the next Lok Sabha elections.

It all started with Jaitley announcing the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana in Budget 2014-15. Aimed at providing 24×7 uninterrupted power supply to all homes, the scheme for feeder separation would augment power supply to the rural areas and strengthen sub-transmission and distribution systems. Jaitley set aside a sum of Rs. 500 crore for the new scheme.

In his first budget Jaitley announced several other proposals for the power sector such as a scheme for solar power driven agricultural pump sets and water pumping stations for energizing one lakh pumps and reducing the basic customs duty from 10 per cent to 5 per cent on certain components used in in the manufacture of wind-operated electricity generators. Read More

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