Accuracy of Information from our GVAs will make the mission more transparent and successful: Shri Piyush Goyal

Accuracy of Information from our GVAs will make the mission more transparent and successful: Shri Piyush Goyal


Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy held an interactive session with Gram Vidyut Abhiyantas (GVAs) working for rural electrification projects under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY). Appreciating the work done by GVAs, Shri Goyal said that the accuracy of information from our GVAs will make the mission of electrifying remaining unelectrified villages more transparent and successful. The Minister suggested GVAs to build better bonding with the villagers for smooth functioning and enhanced efficiency. Gram Vidyut Abhiyantas also shared their feedback and experiences at the function.

In series of retweets, Shri Piyush Goyal encouraged Gram Vidyut Abhiyantas to serve nation more passionately.


It may be noted that Ministry of Power has recruited 309 Gram Vidyut Abhiyantas in October 2015. These GVAs were deployed at Block/District level in order to assist State Distribution Utilities.

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Uttarakhand joins “UDAY” scheme ; would derive an overall net benefit of Rs 962 crore through “UDAY”
The Government of India, the State of Uttarakhand and the Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) which takes care of the power distribution activity of Uttarakhand signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under the Scheme UDAY – “Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana” on 31st March, 2016 for operational turnaround of the DISCOMs.
Under UDAY, ten states have signed MoU till date. The combined DISCOM debt that would be restructured in respect of these states is around Rs.1.96 lac crore, which is approximately 45% of the total outstanding DISCOM debt of Rs.4.3 lac crore as on 30th September, 2015.
The Government of Uttarakhand has taken a positive step towards supporting its DISCOM by signing the MOU under UDAY for further improving the operational efficiency of the already efficient DISCOM. Through compulsory Distribution Transformer metering, consumer indexing & GIS mapping of losses, upgrade/change transformers, meters etc., smart metering of high-end consumers, feeder audit etc. AT&C losses and transmission losses would be brought down, besides eliminating the gap between cost of supply of power and realisation. The reduction in AT&C losses and transmission losses to 14.50% and 1.78% respectively is likely to bring additional revenue of around Rs.645 crore during the period of turnaround.
While efforts will be made by the State Government and the DISCOM to improve the operational efficiency of the DISCOM, and thereby reduce the cost of supply of power, the Central government would also provide incentives to the DISCOMs and the State Government for improving Power infrastructure in the State and for further lowering the cost of power. The Central schemes such as DDUGJY, IPDS, Power Sector Development Fund or such other schemes of MOP and MNRE are already providing funds for improving Power Infrastructure in the State and additional/priority funding would be considered under these schemes,  if the State/DISCOMs meet the operational milestones outlined in the scheme.
Demand Side interventions in UDAY such as usage of energy-efficient LED bulbs, agricultural pumps, fans & air-conditioners and efficient industrial equipment through PAT (Perform, Achieve, Trade) would help in reducing peak load, flatten load curve and thus help in reducing energy consumption in the State of Uttarakhand. The gain is expected to be around Rs.303 crore.
An overall net benefit of approximately Rs.962 crore would accrue to the State by opting to participate in UDAY, reduction in AT&C and transmission losses, interventions in energy efficiency, etc. during the period of turnaround.
The ultimate benefit of signing the MOU would go to the people of Uttarakhand. Reduced levels of transmission and AT&C losses would mean lesser cost per unit of electricity to consumers and will increase consumption. Higher demand for power from DISCOM would mean higher PLF of Generating units and therefore, lesser cost per unit of electricity which would again mean lesser cost per unit of electricity to the consumers.
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Government committed to ‘Garibi Mithao’ rather than ‘Garibi Hatao’: Shri Piyush Goyal

“Time to scale up small CSR projects”

“Government and Private partnerships in CSR projects can lead to better welfare of society”
Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy said that we in Government are committed to ‘Garibi Mithao’ rather than ‘Garibi Hatao’. While speaking at the 8th Global CSR Summit cum Responsible Organization Excellence Awards 2015-16 here yesterday, Shri Goyal said, “India cannot afford to have even one person who does not have a decent quality of life.”

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Goyal said that we need to take the encouragement of these awards to the small scale industries rather than the corporate. These industries should be should be inspired to do better work by getting support for their CSR projects from big corporate. The Minister emphasised the need to increase scale of CSR Projects and stated, “We need to integrate public good, Corporate Social Responsibility, innovation and scale it up so that impact on society is visible and sustainable. I am sure; organisations like ASSOCHAM can act like a bridge between the stakeholders and help to scale up CSR projects.” Shri Goyal took the opportunity to reiterate the fact that Government and Private partnerships in CSR projects can lead to better welfare of society.

Advocating the welfare work done by Public Sector Undertakings, Shri Goyal said that to my knowledge Public Sector Undertakings have been doing CSR well before the Company’s Law Amendment came. So, for PSUs, CSR, is not something that the law mandated two years ago. They have been doing this for years and years all together. “The PSUs under my ministries alone, in the last year and a half, spent Rs 2,200 crore, to make over 1,20,000 toilets in rural schools especially in inaccessible and remote areas of the country. There is a lot of good work happening in PSUs”, Shri Goyal added.   

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