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SHILLONG: Admitting that the progress of the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) in the State has not been upto the mark, Power Minister AT Mondal said that show cause notices have been given to the concerned contractors for the delay in commissioning of the scheme.
The RGGVY scheme aims at electrifying all villages and habitations besides providing access to electricity to all rural households and also to provide electricity connection to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families free of charge. Under the scheme, 1, 14,507 BPL families will be provided free electricity connection in the state.
In Meghalaya, altogether 5105 villages will be electrified under the scheme that was launched in April-05 by merging all ongoing schemes.
The Director of MeECL (Distribution) CD Saio informed reporters that the scheme has been completed in East Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills and Ri Bhoi district while the work for the scheme is in progress in the other four districts.
The MeECL however was not allowed to implement the scheme by Assam Government in disputed areas bordering the neighbouring state.
“We tried working on the scheme in these areas but Assam did not allow us,” Saio added.
According to Saio, 1481 villages in Garo Hills will be electrified under the project.