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HC notice to Assam and M''laya
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 5:
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Published on 6 Mar. 2009 12:44 AM IST
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Shillong Bench of the Gauhati High Court has issued show-cause notices to the Meghalaya and Assam government on non-implementation of the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) in 11 disputed villages between the two neighbouring states. On February 26, the high court have directed the two state government to reply within four weeks in response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by former chief minister (late) EK Mawlong’s scion George B Lyngdoh. In the PIL, Lyngdoh pointed out that the RGGVY was not implemented in the villages of Ummat, Pdengtleit, Umru, Jatalong, Khlieh Umwang, Madan Umwang, Sabuda, Umsder, Umtlieh, Umlaper and Umleh, which are said to be under Umsning Community and Rural Development Block under Meghalaya’s Ri-Bhoi district. “Although the 11 villages were part of the several villages categorised as beneficiaries of the RGGVY by the Meghalaya State Electricity Board (MeSEB), which has been entrusted with the responsibility of execution of electrification of villages and rural households in all the districts of Meghalaya under the scheme, but till date the said scheme has not been implemented in these villages,” the PIL stated. Unfortunately, Lyngdoh said to the utter disgust of the residents of the villages, no work whatsoever has been executed in the villages under the RGGVY, even though the deadline for completing the scheme has been fixed as September 27 2009. The RGGVY scheme was specifically approved and sanctioned by the Centre for implementation in the above villages by the state of Meghalaya and its implementing agency, the MeSEB. The RGGVY was initiated by the ministry of power, GoI in April 2005 to provide electricity for all rural households, including free electricity connections to families living below the poverty line, in five years.

 
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