Power minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has requested the finance minister to allocate Rs. 36,000 crore for meeting the 12th plan targets of providing electricity to 5,74, 000 rural households under the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY).
Responding to a question from leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, the minister said Raisain in Madhya Pradesh had now been covered under the RGGVY.
In respect to complaints that transformers provided under the RGGVY get burnt, he cited overloading due to illegal connections as the reason for this.
Rail fare hike
Railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal hinted at a hike in passenger fare and said implementation of safety measures would entail an expenditure of R1 lakh crore over five years.