New power sub-stations would considerably improve power situation in rural and ‘Tehsil’ areas
Chief Minister unveils the logo of the UP State Rural Livelihood Mission
Rs. 90 crore 50 lakh and 60 thousand transferred in the bank accounts of 2,26,265 beneficiaries through PFMS under the Samajwadi Pension Scheme
Memorandum of Understanding for setting up of a technical support unit exchanged with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
MoU signed between the Rajiv Gandhi Women Development Project and UPSRLM
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav today dedicated to the people of the state 200 power sub-stations built at a cost of Rs. 1,273 crore, of which 175 sub-stations are in distribution and 25 in transmission sector. He also transferred a consolidated sum for eight months amounting Rs. 90 crores, 50 lakh and 60 thousand to 2,26,265 beneficiaries under the Samajwadi Pension scheme through the Public Financial Management System (PFMS).
Mr. Yadav also unveiled the logo of UP State Rural Livelihood Mission (UPSRLM) ‘Prerna’ and gave away the concurrence letters to PTC India Ltd, Moser Baer Power Company and Messers KSK Mahanadi Power Company Ltd. representatives under the Case-I bidding for power purchase. With this, the Chief Minister also unveiled the booklet ‘Hamari Kahani Hamari Zubaani’ of the UPSRLM and ‘Har Gaon, Bijli-Har Ghar Ujala’ of the power department. In presence of the Chief Minister, MoU’s were signed between the Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojna (RGMVP) and UPSRLM while Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation signed agreement for setting up of a technical support unit.
The Chief Minister also gave away Rs. 2.20 lakh as revolving fund for 22 self-help groups and Rs. 2,75,924 for 193 beneficiary women self help groups as interest subvention and Rs. 51 lakh to 102 women selfhelp groups as credit linkages. After the end of all the above mentioned activities, addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister said the government instead of propagating things, believed in doing work. Praising the power officers and employees for readying the new power sub-stations in given timelines, he added that work in the power sector was taking place at three times more pace than in the predecessor government.
He also informed that the Union Power Minister had lauded the initiatives taken by the state government to improve the power sector. The Chief Minister also said that after the new sub-stations power situation in the rural and tehsil areas would improve and added that government was undertaking underground cabling on a large scale. Referring to the existence of many religions and faiths in the state the Chief Minister pointed out that the government had taken a decision to ensure 24×7 power supply to religious places and these included Dargah Najeebabad, Hastinapur, Panch Pyare, Deva Shareef, Shrawasti, Mathura, Vrindavan, Sarnath (district Varanasi) and Dargah Kichhauchha (Ambedkarnagar). He also discussed the Samajwadi Pension Scheme and said that it was a unique scheme anywhere in the country run by state’s own financial resources. This would benefit 40 lakh poor, weak and marginalized families in the state.
It is pertinent to point out here that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had in 2012 agreed for cooperation. In further pursuance of this, it was agreed that BMGF will provide support and cooperation to set up a TSU, for which a concurrence letter was issued today. In line with this, the Foundation will extend whole hearted support to women selfhelp groups under the State Rural Livelihood Mission.
Before this the Health Minister Mr. Ahmad Hasan said that law and order was good in the state and pointed out that this year dengue had completely been controlled. PWD Minister Mr. Shivpal Singh Yadav said that under the State Rural Livelihood Mission, condition of women would improve. Social Welfare Minister Mr. Avadhesh Prasad said that it was due to the personal initiative and efforts of the Chief Minister that Samajwadi Pension Scheme took off in the state. He further added that very soon the remaining 37 lakh families will get the pension amount transferred into their bank accounts.
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Rural Development Mr. Arvind Kumar Singh ‘Gop’ said that large scale works were being undertaken by the state government, something which was never done by any other state government. Chief Secretary Mr. Alok Ranjan gave details of all the three programmes and said the state government was seriously working to improve the infrastructure facilities in the state and for social welfare.
Principal Secretary (Power) Mr. Sanjay Agarwal welcomed the guests while Mr. Yaseer Shah, Minister of State for Power proposed the vote of thanks. On this occasion, many dignitaries, ministers and MP Mrs. Dimple Yadav, officers were present. It may be noted that the state government is according top priority to the power sector and efforts are being made to spruce up power generation, transmission and distribution. For the past many years, rural feeders are supplying electricity to the tehsil areas because of which they are getting equal power supply as in rural areas. To increase power supply in tehsils the state government decided to set up 201, 33/11 KV power sub-stations and for this a fund of Rs 800 crore was disbursed to the Power Corporation. Of these construction of 106 sub-stations at a cost of Rs. 400 crore has been completed, which were dedicated today.
Besides, under various other schemes, 33/11 KV sub-stations are being constructed. Of these 69 sub-stations built at a cost of Rs. 181 crore were also dedicated to the people today. Seven sub-stations of 220 KV capacity and 22 sub-stations of 132 KV in the transmission sector built at a cost of Rs. 675 crore are complete and they were also dedicated. It is also important to highlight here that to ensure that the benefit of the rural livelihood reaches the poor rural women, the Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojna has been included as a partner group.
This institution has been identified as a national resource institution by the National Rural Livelihood Mission. Through the MoU signed today, over 1 lakh groups incorporating 10 lakh poor rural families in the state would be benefitted, their skills developed and their economic development boosted.