New Delhi: In a bid to “facilitate” 100% household electrification in the North East, the Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA), has built a cell in the region as a nodal point for monitoring the supply of materials and equipment to various Discoms. IEEMA’s North East cell will have its senior officers stationed at Guwahati, Kolkata and New Delhi for “effectively” facilitating the cell, the apex body said on Thursday.
The North East cell will help facilitate 100% household electrification on fast track in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. The North East has one of the highest number of power projects in the country, IEEMA said.
It further said, “Despite of abundant power, the region has the highest number of un-electrified villages. Thus in order to fast-track electrification work in that area and to realise PM’s dream of 24X7 electricity for all, the IEEMA in close coordination with REC (rural electrification corporation) will monitor the supply of electrical equipment to various NE discoms”.
This was proposed during the joint workshop organised by Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and IEEMA in Kolkata this week, on material requirement for North Eastern states for 100 % household electrification under the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan and the Saubhagya Scheme.
IEEMA president Shreegopal Kabra said in a statement, “The need of the hour is that the industry and the government should work together to realise the potential of Rs 30,000 crore of investments being made by the Government of India in transmission and Rs 7,000 crore in distribution. Production planning and delivery for such an outlay for North Eastern states will be key to success.” (With Inputs from PTI)