Raipur: Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday virtually attended the meeting chaired by Union Minister New and Renewable Energy Rajkumar Singh from his residence office.
Chief minister had a detailed discussion with the Union Minister regarding the implementation of Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme in Chhattisgarh. Energy Ministers from Bihar, Gujarat, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, and Administrators from Daman and Diu also attended the meeting.
During the discussion, chief minister Bhupesh Baghel gave in-principle consent to the scheme and supported the demand of the states to extend the time limit for payment of electricity subsidy. Besides the development of new power infrastructure in the state under Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme, action will be taken to upgrade and strengthen the existing infrastructure as well. Under this scheme, the installation of smart meters for every consumer, except the agriculture consumers, will be ensured. Central Government has set December 31, 2021, as the deadline for submission of detailed project reports under this scheme. The estimated cost of this scheme is Rs 9600 crore, which is targeted to be completed by March 2025. On this occasion, energy department special secretary Ankit Anand was also present at the Chief Minister's residence.