Chandigarh, February 13 - While directing the officers of the Power Department, Haryana Chief Secretary Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora said that maximum number of villages should be covered under the Mahara Gaon Jagmag Gaon scheme so as to provide 24 hours power supply in all the villages throughout the state. She further directed the officers to accelerate the work of installing smart meters in the cities.

The Chief Secretary gave these directions while presiding over the 12th meeting of the committee constituted for UDAY scheme monitoring held here today.

Directing the officers, the Chief Secretary said that maximum smart meters should be installed to reduce the losses. Apart from this, more focus should be laid on the promotion of solar power. She further directed that the consumer redressal system should be strengthened and a special officer should be appointed for the same so that consumers can get the benefit of government facilities in a timely and hassle-free manner.

The Chief Secretary was appraised that Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has set a target of installing 5 lakh smart meters by each Nigams and under this 1 lakh smart meters have already been installed in Gurugram, Karnal, and Panipat, while the work of installing the meters in Panchkula is going on. The officers said that the work of installing smart meters in the remaining districts will soon be completed.

It was informed that this year too, the Power Nigams have reduced the AT&C losses by 2 percent and today both the Nigams are in a profitable position and in the previous years too, the power Nigams have recorded a huge decline in line losses.

The Officers informed that under the Mahara Gaon Jagmag Gaon scheme, 4463 villages are being provided 24-hour power and efforts would be made for the remaining villages to be covered under this scheme so as to provide 24-hour power supply across the state.

It was also informed that the list of 4463 villages covered under the Mahara Gaon Jagmag Gaon scheme has been shared with the School Education Department and with the help of this list; now the School Education Department will implement the process of installing computers in schools in these villages.

In the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture, and Farmers' Welfare Department, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs Department, Mr. P.K Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Power Department, Mr. T.C. Gupta, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, Mr. Shatrujeet Kapoor and other senior officers were also present.