Uttar Pradesh, Centre sign 'Power for All' pact for 24-hour electricity in state
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 15-Apr-2017

Lucknow, April 15: Uttar Pradesh government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Centre to ensure 24X7 power supply by October 2018 in state. After coming in to effect of the scheme, state will get enough uninterrupted quality electricity and around 1 crore 86 lakh households of state who are still deprived will get electric connections. The project will cost above rupees 40 thousand crore out of which 20 thousand crore will be spent till 2018.

While stressing that his government has 'fulfilled its promise, Adityanath said the goal is to ensure 24-hour power to all by November 2018, even as Goyal held that continuous electricity supply will help the state in industrialisation and job creation.

"In a democracy, if someone is really a VIP or a VVIP, it is the common man. Keeping this thinking of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we decided to ensure power to all in the state," Adityanath said.

"we have started to fulfil our promise and make it reality. Now onwards, every district headquarters will get 24 hours uninterrupted power supply, whereas tehsil headquarters will get 20 hours supply daily and all villages will get 18 hours of power," he said, adding, "Our goal is to ensure 24 hour power to all by November 2018."

The state government would give free power connections to BPL families and to ensure that no power theft is possible, it will also install "smart meters", he said, soliciting co- operation from the people.

The aim of the scheme is to ensure 24-hour quality power supply in the state by October next year and electric connection to every house and agriculture field by 2019. With the signing of 'Power for All' agreement  government also  introduced UJALA Scheme under which consumers were distributed Quality based energy saving LED bulbs , tube lights and  fans at a cheaper rate.

It was also announced that from now on, power consumers in the rural areas will be able to make digital payments of their electricity bills. A 24x7 toll free number - 1912, was also activated across the state for people to complain about any power related issues. An MoU was also signed for providing of 10,000 solar panels by the Centre.

The agreement was inked in presence of Union Minister of State for Power Piyush Goyal, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and State Power Minister Shrikant Sharma.