Vijayawada : The State government has followed foot steps of Babu Jagjivan Ram to benefit Down trodden high priority for effective implementation of welfare schemes under Navaratnalu in AP Power sector which can hugely benefit more than 40 lakhs families in the State, said secretary for energy Srikant Nagulapalli Speaking on the occasion of Babu Jagjivan Ram Jayanti at Vidyut Soudha on Monday, the energy secretary said that Babu Jagjivan Ram contributed to the freedom struggle and development of independent India. He worked for the uplift of the downtrodden.
Srikanth said that State government had laid special focus on the welfare of downtrodden and introduced Navaratnalu in power sector to achieve the object. The government has also agreed to bear a burden of Rs 9091.36 crore for 2021-22 as subsidy for providing free power to agriculture consumers and some other weaker sections and subsidy for domestic consumers as well.
The government launched the ambitious schemes of 9 hours day time free power to agriculture and free power to SC, ST, Most Backward Casts and others as part of providing welfare to them.
For the first time, the State government has extended free power up to 200 units for around 11.73 lakh SC and 2.22 lakh STfamilies. The free power scheme would also applicable to new colonies of SC,ST categories. The government is also providing free power up to 100 units per month for Most backward Classes (MBC), 150 units for Dhobighat, 150 units for laundries, 100 units for goldsmith workers, 150 units for salons, rold gold workers and handloom workers, sugar cane crushers and ruralhorticulture nurseries and Rs 136.72 crore towards subsidy for domestic consumers for FY202122.
The government has strongly committed to empower power sector through which empower the people and every step of government is absolutely aimed at transforming the sector into people’s sector and benefit each and every family in the State. The government also wants to ensure 100 per cent success of the prestigious welfare schemes in power sector, he said.
As the power is the fuel for the economic growth engine of the state and key for welfare of people, the State government is giving utmost priority for strengthen the sector.
The government has been making sustainable efforts to strengthen the power utilities and wants to increase public participation. The objective of government is that every family, every domestic, commercial and industrial consumer shall get quality, reliable and affordable 24×7 hours power supply and farmers shall be benefited from 9hours free power supply, said that secretary.
According to AP Electricity Regulatory Commission(APERC), the State Government has agreed to bear a subsidy burden of Rs.7,297.08 crore for the agricultural consumers eligible for free supply of power during day time, Rs 1657.56 crore for aquaculture, and free power to some downtrodden sections. “The government is very keen on protecting the interests of consumers and giving utmost priority for the welfare of the weaker sections of people besides strengthening the power sector by improving the infrastructure development,” said the energy secretary.
Free Power extended by State Govt.
11.73 lakh SC families 2.22 Lakh ST families
rold gold workers handloom workers
sugarcane crushers rural horticulture nursuries
10 Most Backward classes(MBC) 11
goldsmith workers up to 100 units/month up to 150 units/month up to 200 units/month
Navaratnalu in power sector for welfare of downtrodden
Welfare schemes under Navaratnalu in AP Power sector can hugely benefit more than 40 lakhs families, says secretary for energy Srikant Nagulapalli
● Government extends free power up to 200 units for around 11.73 lakh SC and 2.22 lakh ST families
● Free power up to 100 units per month for MBCs, 150 units for Dhobighat, laundries, salons, 100 units for goldsmith workers, 150 units for rold gold workers and handloom workers etc
● Government agrees to bear a burden of Rs 9091.36 crore for 202122 as subsidy for 202122
● Government strongly committed to empower power sector through which empower the people
● Sustainable efforts being made to strengthen the power utilities and wants to increase public participation