Saturday, 10 March 2018 | PNS | Dehradun –
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of providing power connection to all the households of the country would be realised well before the deadline March 31, 2019, said the Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Power, New and Renewable Energy RK Singh after he launched the ‘Saubhagya’ scheme in Uttarakhand at Pavilion Ground in Dehradun on Friday. He said that 3,52,000 houses would be electrified in the state, adding that their focus is trained on electrification of the rural India. “Things are improving now as the junior engineers are reaching places where power cut continues for over 20 minutes. Besides, the volume of revenue collection in the power sector is looking up in tune with the increased efficiency level of the department,” the Union minister said. The scheme was launched in every district of the state on the same day by the ministers. Under the Scheme, a total of 10,400 houses have been given electricity connection on the day while the number of houses electrified in Dehradun district was 1,235.
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat who was present during the time of the launching said that electricity no longer means mere electric lights. “It means much more as India is moving fast towards digitization. We must keep pace with the speed of development going on across the world with new tools being used in everyday life. Now life devoid of power is unthinkable and we would bring the economically unprivileged within the ambit of the development through providing them with power connection,” he said.
AMBEDKAR STATUE VANDALISED, RK SINGH CONDEMNS
The statue vandalism continues with a statue of the Dalit icon Bhim Rao Ambedkar being allegedly disfigured at Laksar area in Haridwar on Thursday night. The Union minister of State (independent charge) for Power, New and Renewable Energy R K Singh said that strict action should be taken against such elements out to incite tension by razing statues of the stalwarts.
While talking to The Pioneer on the sidelines of his official programme in Dehradun on Friday, Singh said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already cleared the Centre’s stand on the issue and the administration and police should come down heavily on such hooligans.
Asked how he was feeling in the BJP, the bureaucrat-turned politician said that the cultural nationalism being the mascot of the BJP, he was feeling happy.
“Earlier, I used to execute the Government policies and now I am a part of the policy framing body,” he said.