Golaghat: The flagship programme of providing free electricity connections to poor villagers in Assam has considerably condensed extremely subsidised kerosene consumption and resulted in multi-fold increase in household incomes, according to reports.
The 55-year-old Bnadoi Saikia, a widow and resident of Halwa Gaon in Golaghat district, said that after she got a one-point electricity connection, her monthly consumption of kerosene condensed from 30 litre to 3 litre.
The entire village, which has 80 BPL households, gets subsidised supply of electricity for 18 hours a day under the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY).
The UPA government’s flagship scheme offers free connections to BPL households although richer section of the village have to bear the real cost, Lalit Sharma, project manager of Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) said.
Sharma said that “We have erected two substations in the region each catering to about 1.5-2 lakh households in 400 villages where electricity bills of BPL households is also subsidised under RGGVY.”