Himachal Pradesh Government was promoting alternative sources of energy like solar and wind energy for consumers of tribal and far flung areas of the State, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said in Sundernagar on Tuesday. An agreement was signed between Himachal Pradesh Electricity Board Limited (HPSEBL), Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and Himachal Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Ltd has for executing 2.5 MW solar power project in Kaza. Speaking on the occasion of 11th general conference of Junior Engineers and Additional Assistant Engineers Association at Sundernagar, Virbhadra Singh said the demand for Time Bound Promotional scheme from Junior Engineers to Assistant Engineers would be looked upon by service committee to take necessary steps to make it through. He said it was due to the efforts of the employees of the HPSEBL that State had attained 100 per cent electrification, connecting all the far flung and rural areas of the State. Himachal Pradesh was the first State in the country to achieve cent-percent electrification, said Virbhadra Singh. Employees of HPSEBL had done a commendable job to provide electricity to every household despite geographical and climatic constraints, he said. “I certainly believe that the association has succeeded to develop high degree of integrity, devotion and protection of rights of the employees,” said Virbhadra Singh.
He congratulated the HPSEBL for completing the targets under Rajeev Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojna and re-structured Accelerated power development and reforms programme. He said the Government had signed an agreement with Government of India to improve the financial status of HPSEBL under Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY). The Chief Minister said his Government was providing a subsidy of Rs 450 crore for domestic and agriculture consumers of the State during this fiscal year. During last over four and a half years, one 220 KV sub station, four, 132 KV sub stations, four, 66KV substations, 51 number 33 KV Sub-Stations were constructed and around 7124 kilometres low transmission and high transmission lines were laid to cater to the electricity needs of the people of far flung and rural areas of the state. He said the process of filling 300 posts of Junior Engineers (electrical) and 30 posts of JEs (Civil) was underway and soon these posts would be filled. Domestic Efficiency Lighting Programme (DELP) was being implemented in the State wherein more than 80 lakh LED bulbs were distributed to the consumers on subsidised rates. Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the Model Police Station at Sundernagar constructed with an outlay of Rs 4.60 crore. The foundation stone of this Police Station was laid by Virbhadra Singh in April, 2015 and the construction was undertaken by BSNL. The Police station would provide services to the people of 39 panchayats and 9 wards of Municipal Council Sundernagar.
The Chief Minister also announced opening of police station at Jhanjeli and Special Divisional Police Officer’s Office at Karsog. He also laid foundation stone of Girls hostel at Polytechnic college, Sundernagar to cost Rs 3.25 crore and foundation stone of Boys hostel for specially-abled children in ITI, Sundernagar to cost Rs 4.50 crore. The Chief Minister also released a souvenir on the occasion.