In significant move, the state government is going to roll out the flagship programme of ‘Jagananna Pallevelugu’ on March 31 to transfer the maintenance of LED street lighting to gram panchayats as part of Chief Minister’s revolutionary decision to solve people’s problems within no time, besides making all government services available within the villages. The government wants to strengthen the LED street lighting system by ensuring that the non-glowing lights are restored in 48 hours after the receipt of complaints. The State government issued orders to transfer operation, repair and maintenance of energy efficient LED street lights project from EESL and NREDCAP to village secretariats.
“The reason behind this decision is to address the complaints on LED street lighting quickly and empower gram panchayat system,” said a senior official of Panchayat Raj and Rural Development department (PR&RD) department. The Commissioner, PR&RD dept, M Girija Shankar said that Jagananna Palle Velugu programme will be inaugurated on March 31 simultaneously in all district headquarters and three mandal headquarters in each district. State Ministers and senior officials will participate in the prestigious programme. Instructions have been issued to the district authorities of Panchayat Raj dept to make the programme a success on March 31, Girija Shankar said.
The Panchayat Raj department will utilise the services of around 7,000 energy assistants in coordination with power discoms for maintenance of street lights. The department will also utilise the services of around two lakh village volunteers in identifying nonglowing LED street light and lodging complaints at village secretariats. The EESL conducted training programme to village secretariat staff on maintenance of streetlights. The PR&RD department will also develop a comprehensive web portal for monitoring the complaints with regard to LED street lights.
The AP State Energy Efficiency Development Corporation Limited (APSEEDCO), a joint venture of AP power utilities is responsible for the distribution of spares from divisional level to panchayat level for smooth transfer of repair and maintenance activities and further monitoring of the project. Minister for Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy described the transfer of maintaining LED streetlights to gram panchayats as another “revolutionary step” by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy who wants to deliver services to people at their doorsteps.
Speaking to officials during a review meeting on streetlights project, the Minister said that the government wants to revamp and strengthen the LED streetlights project because of the key role it plays in improving quality of life and living standards of people. The improved light quality would enhance safety, security and visual comfort in villages, he said. The government has noticed the inconvenience being faced by the people in villages due to delay in addressing the repair and maintenance of street lights by agencies.
“The concept of government is that every service request/complaint of people is addressed within a shortest time possible. The Chief Minister established the village and ward secretariat system for uninterrupted delivery of government services to all citizens and reform administration at the grassroots level. In view of this, the government decided to transfer maintenance of streetlights to gram panchayats” the Minister said.
Stating that the government never hesitates to provide welfare and improve quality of life of people, the Minister said that the government had spent more than Rs 70,000 crore for delivering welfare schemes to people. The groundswell of support was an acknowledgment by the people for the policies of government. “This is historic. The entire country is appreciating the decentralisation of the government’s functioning at village level which is yielding excellent results. The Jagananna Pallevelugu will definitely become a role model to the country,” the Minister said.