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  Bharat Nirman - Rural Electrification

Under RGGVY, electricity distribution infrastructure is envisaged to establish Rural Electricity Distribution Backbone (REDB) with at least a 33/11KV sub-station, Village Electrification Infrastructure (VEI) with at least a Distribution Transformer in a village or hamlet, and standalone grids with generation where grid supply is not feasible Subsidy towards capital expenditure to the tune of 90% is being provided, through Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC), which is a nodal agency for implementation of the scheme. Electrification of un-electrified Below Poverty Line (BPL) households is being financed with 100% capital subsidy @ Rs.2200/- per connection in all rural habitations Rural Electrification Corporation is the nodal agency for implementation of the scheme. The services of Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSU) are available to the States for assisting them in the execution of Rural Electrification projects. The Management of Rural Distribution is mandated through franchisees. So far, Ministry of Power has sanctioned 573 projects for 546 districts to electrify 1,18,499 villages and to provide free electricity connections to 2.46 Crore BPL rural households. As on 31st December 2010, 89,675 villages have been electrified and 140.70 lakh free electricity connections have been released to BPL households. The revised Bharat Nirman target for RGGVY is to electrify 1 lakh villages and to provide free electricity connections to 175 lakh BPL households by March 2012.