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Over 3.7 lakh villages provided electricity

Posted on Feb 27, 03:54PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 27 : The government on Wednesday said more than 3.79 lakh villages across the country have been provided electricity through the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY).

"The rural electrification scheme launched in April, 2005 has provided electricity to 1,06,116 unelectrified villages and intensive electrification in 2,73,328 partially electrified villages," the Ministry of Finance said in a statement.

It has also provided free electricity connections to 202.6 lakh below poverty line (PBL) households as on Nov 30, 2012.

In addition, capital subsidy of Rs. 26,664 crore has been utilized under the scheme so far.

The rural electrification scheme was launched with the objective of providing all rural households access to electricity through creation of appropriate rural electricity infrastructure. Under this scheme, the Government of India provides 90% capital subsidy for the project.