Conversations with GVAs reflect the gap between official data and ground realities. No roads to reach. If there is a pole and distribution line visible in the photos, we call it electrified. The platform was launched in October A GVA from Pagara Buzurg village in Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh told The Hindu that the contractor did set up power lines in the village but they were stolen before they could be charged, and now there is no electricity in the village.
For many others, a pattern is observed where the date of electrification is way before the first visit made by GVA.
Statistical jugglery Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech of said that the number of villages electrified in the last year was more than the combined number in the past three years. It could have happened after April when the list of un-electrified villages was prepared in consultation with State governmentsmaybe two years ago or even earlier.
Village located in remote location. Further, as of March 10,for around villages, the status said: But they were shown as un-electrified on the April list.
Note that a village is considered electrified if public places in the village and 10 per cent of its households have access to electricity. Another concern is that uninhabited villages have been marked as electrified. Reading comments in the application, more such villages were found by The Hindu, such as Akbarpur in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, which is a forest area.
The count of villages being electrified, ticking upward every day in the GARV application — extensively shared by Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal on social media and cited by Prime Minister Modi in his speeches — is thus not a guarantee that all villages being claimed as electrified are actually so.
The villages Panalomali, Kusadangar, Patyetapali in Odisha and Sunwara in Madhya Pradesh — all counted as electrified villages — have no people residing there. When this discrepancy was pointed out, a senior official of the Rural Electrification Corporation RECthe nodal agency for rural electrification which functions under the aegis of the Ministry of Power, said: March 26, Neither does a conductor exist there.
A detailed questionnaire mailed to the REC on March 19 seeking its official response went unanswered. These are not exceptional cases. Discrepancies galore One major source of discrepancy is regarding those villages where the GVA has noted that the village is un-electrified, yet it is counted as electrified on the app.
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