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Assigning self-help groups for collection of electricity revenue in rural areas under consideration

14 Nov 2017
Assigning self-help groups for collection of electricity revenue in rural areas under consideration

Assigning the responsibility of electricity metre reading, bill distribution and electricity revenue collection to self help groups of women is under consideration in the state. This system will be put in place in Rajgarh, Vidisha and Raisen districts experimental basis from December. Woman self help groups of three and five members will be given this responsibility. One self help group will be for ten villages each. Fifteen percent incentive will be given to these self help groups in case of cent percent electricity revenue recovery. The group will get Rs 6000 per month additionally.

 This information was given in the review meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Discussion on the issue of redressing rural domestic electricity bill was held in the meeting.

 It was informed in the meeting that 23 crore units electricity is being supplied daily and 2000 MW electricity is available in banking. There is no shortage of electricity. Accelerating the work of changing out of order transformers, so far 2050 out of order transformers have been changed. 30,000 farmers have been benefited under scheme to provide temporary connection for agriculture pump. The charge of temporary connection has been reduced from Rs 13,000 to Rs 8,400. The billing system is being made more effective. Work is underway to electrify completely every district.

 Energy Minister Shri Paras Jain, Additional Chief Secretary, Energy, Shri Iqbal Singh Bains, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Shri Ashok Varnawal, Secretary to chief minister Shri Vivek Agrawal and Chief Managing Directors of Power Distribution Companies were present in the review meeting.