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Meghalaya faces daunting task of electryfying villages

SHILLONG: Meghalaya State Government has a daunting task ahead of  electrifying 56000  households in the state under the Pradhan Mantri Shaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana —  Saubhagya scheme before May 5.

Speaking to media persons after launching the scheme here on Friday, Union MoS (Independent Charge Power, etc) R K Singh said that the actual target is to complete the rural electrification within December 31st this year but the they have set a target of May 5  to complete electrification in those villages where the portion of the weaker section is more than  50  per cent.

Admitting that it is a stiff target for Meghalaya, he , however, expressed confidence that  Meghalaya would achieve the target since states which have even more difficult topography than Meghalaya are already working to complete the target.

He also informed that   there were altogether 14 villages in Meghalaya which were yet to be electrified  and the target would be achieved  before April  30 though the actual target for completion of rural electrification is May  11.

On the other hand, Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma expressed confidence that Meghalaya would achieve the target.

“ It is our duty not only  towards the Union Government but towards the people of the state as well and we are already working on that line,”Sangma told reporters.

Earlier, while addressing a function to launch the scheme in the state, R K Singh said that  Meghalaya now had new breed of politicians who wanted to do something for the state.

Stating that the incumbent NDA Government is different from the previous Government, he added that no Government earlier ever about electrification of households in the country.

“We have a Government now at the Centre which is keen to work for development,” he said.

Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma who was present in the programme as the chief guest said that there was a need to ensure electrification was done even in many CHCs, PHCs and  40  per cent of the schools in rural areas of the state  which did not have electricity  by way of solar power.

Stating that the Government is working towards producing large amount of renewable energy in the state, Sangma made a clarion call for more efficient technology for power consumption.

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