PM Modi awards IAS officers from Bihar for their electricity work in Nalanda

South Bihar Power Distribution Co Ltd’s MD R Lakshmanan and Nalanda DM Thiyagarajan S M received the ‘Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration’ from PM Narendra Modi at a function in Delhi on Friday.

The two Bihar IAS officials were honoured for their excellent and innovative initiatives to implement the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DUGJY) in Nalanda district. The award function was part of the two-day Civil Services Day celebrations that began at the Vigyan Bhawan on Thursday.

The award is given to the best performing states or districts for outstanding work in public governance. Sources said Nalanda was selected as the best performing district in India for the work done by the South Bihar Power Distribution Co Ltd, which was supported by the district administration.
State energy department officials said 100% electrification has been achieved in Nalanda district in two years since the launch of DUGJY in 2015. At least 998 revenue villages were electrified and 18 power transformers upgraded across the district during the last financial year. Besides, 11,000 overhead wires were replaced and record one lakh BPL families received free electricity connections during 2016-17.
The robust electrical network has ensured average 16-18 hours of power supply in rural areas and 22-23 hours supply in urban areas in the district every day. The number of consumers has gone up from 1.76 lakh in 2014-15 to 3.32 lakh by March this year while the per capita electricity consumption has increased from 179 units in 2013-14 to 355 units at present.
“The actual claimants of the award are the residents of Nalanda and my team members,” Thiyagarajan said after receiving the award at the Delhi function.
Source: TOI

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