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U'khand Govt launches ‘solar briefcase’ for remote areas

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The Uttarakhand Government is committed to fulfil the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi about providing power in every household and all the non-electrified houses in the State would be provided power either through grid or off grid by the year 2019. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said this while addressing a programme at his residence on Sunday. 

The Uttarakhand Government and a charitable funding agency on Sunday launched 'Solar Briefcase'. In the programme, 101 families located in remote areas were provided solar briefcases and power packs by the Hans foundation.

Thanking Mata Mangala, Bhole Maharaj and designer of Solar Briefcase Manoj Bhargava the CM said that the Hans foundation in collaboration with the State Government has decided to provide off grid power to the deprived families by distributing 15,000 solar briefcases in Uttarakhand. He said that Manoj Bhargava has also prepared bio-manure ‘Shivansh’ which is easy to prepare. Rawat said that the demonstration of the bio-manure would soon be made in the CM house.

The chairperson of Hans Foundation, Shewta Rawat said that without the help of Government the task of providing power to all villages cannot be accomplished. She said that the Hans foundation would have electrified only two to three villages on its own but by associating with Government the plan is now to electrify 40-50 villages. Shweta said that the CM of Uttarakhand was instrumental in inspiring the foundation to take up such a big task. Speaking on the occasion Mata Mangla said that she is happy that this project has started in Uttarakhand.

Congratulating the Uttarakhand Government and Hans foundation, Vidhan Sabha Speaker Prem Chand Agarwal said that the many houses that hitherto were in dark would get illuminated on this Diwali. Trustee of Hans Foundation Manoj Bhargawa said that while designing the solar briefcase he has taken utmost care on maintaining its quality. He disclosed that CM Rawat showed keen interest on the device it was shown to him. Secretary Power Radhika Jha informed that 98,000 families and 4,700 settlements in the State are still non electrified. She said that the office of CM takes a daily review on the progress of electrification in the State. Jha said that in last six months 20 villages have been electrified and three villages in Pithoragarh district were electrified in last week.

The programme was also attended by Minister of State Rekha Arya, MLAs Khajan Das, Ganesh Joshi, Mukesh Koli and others. Earlier in the day CM Rawat, Mata Mangla, Bhole Maharaj and Manoj Bhargava reached Kedarnath and handed over the first Power pack to the temple committee.  




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