Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu today said the rural electrification programme will be taken up in the state “on a mission mode”.
To fulfil the mission, the power department has drawn a schedule to cover the villages not yet electrified by December 2017.
Khandu’s assertion came when Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) chairman and managing director P.V. Ramesh, along with his team of officers, called on Khandu at his office here today.
During the meeting, Khandu discussed the work being carried out under Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna in the state and assured complete support of the state government for the rural electrification work.
Arunachal Pradesh has 1,230 un-electrified villages. Under the rural electrification scheme, 335 of these villages will be provided electricity through grids while 895 villages will be provided electricity through solar installations.
The government has signed over 100 MoUs with both public and private developers but most of the projects have not been started.
Power, healthcare and road connectivity remain a huge challenge for the Khandu government in the frontier state.
The visiting team told Khandu about eight villages – six in Anjaw and two in Dibang Valley – being electrified this month.
Khandu told the commissioner (power) that he will hold a review meeting in the first week of July and asked for regular updates on the status of rural electrification work.