English Free Article # Science Bytes | VOL. 9, ISSUE 57, November-December 2009

Rural Electrification: Orissa

The Central budgetary support under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana to four districts, Angul, Nayagarh, Ganjam and Gajapati in Orissa was approved by the Ministry of Power, Govt. of India in 2005. Though the Centre approved the State’s proposal for electrification of 11,374 villages, only 5,249 villages have been electrified. It was targeted to provide electricity to over 3.35 lakh BPL households free of cost during the 10th Plan period. A recent review revealed that only 37,481 BPL households...

English Free Article # Science Bytes | VOL. 9, ISSUE 57, November-December 2009

Rural Electrification: Jharkhand

  India has spent crores of rupees over the past three years under the central government’s flagship rural electrification programme, the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY). The three districts of Jharkhand’s Palamu division have also been one of the beneficiaries. The aim was to provide electricity to more than 2,000 villages by the end of 2009. But less than a month from the deadline, the situation remains grim, with the private company given the contract to do the work...

English Free Article # Science Bytes | VOL. 9, ISSUE 57, November-December 2009

Report on Energy Injustice: Greenpeace

International environmental activist group Greenpeace released a report, ‘Still Waiting’ on November 17th 2009, which reveals that despite growth in electricity generation and increasing carbon emissions, India’s rural poor continue to be deprived of electricity. The current electricity production model in India is extremely carbon-intensive, emitting more than two times CO2 per kilowatt-hour than in the European Union. Electricity is responsible for about 58 per cent of India’s CO2 emissions...