New Delhi :
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Uttar Pradesh government and Centre on “Power for all” scheme. The MoU was signed to maintain 24 –hour power supply in the state.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said that the state government will provide free power to all BPL card holders in the state. The government has also started a scheme to waive off surcharge for domestic consumers.
Reacting on “Power for all” MoU, Uttar Pradesh power minister Srikant Sharma said that the state government is aiming to provide 24-hour power supply to each house in the state.
Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, UP Energy ministerShrikant Sharma and state minister for Power Swatantra Dev Singh were also present on this occasion.
The state government also announced that it is expanding the ambit of helpline Dial 1911 through which the consumers in rural areas in coming days could communicate their grievances pertaining to power and electricity.
The Centre's undertaking Energy Efficiency ServicesLimited (EESL) will install 10,000 energy efficiency solar-panel pumps will be distributed. It was also agreed upon to distribute to energy consumers(through electricity distribution companies) energy efficiency bulbs, tubelights, and fans at cheaper rates.
Apart from this, the rural consumers will also get the facility of making digital payment through e-bhugtan. As many as eight sub-stations of UP Power Transmission CorporationLimited worth Rs 331.69 crore and 12 sub-stations of UP PowerCorporation Limited worth Rs 75.60 crore were also unveiled.
A few days back, Srikant Sharma had informed that a contract would be signed on April 14 on “Power for all”.
On Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had approved the 'power for all' proposal, which will ensure 24 hours electricity for everyone in the state.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath and MoS (independent charge) Power Piyush Goyal attend MoU signing at 'Power to All' function in Lucknow. pic.twitter.com/FZYPfA1mqW— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 14, 2017
The cabinet had also changed the electricity roster implemented by Akhilesh Yadav Govt to ensure at least 18 hours of electricity to villages across the state.
In the second cabinet meeting, Adityanath had decided that district headquarters will get 24-hour power supply. Power Minister Shrikant Sharma had informed media persons after the meeting.