Gram Vidyut Abhiyantas

Q.  Gram Vidyut Abhiyantas will
- Published on 02 Aug 16

a. Monitor the village electrification process
b. Undertake electrification process
c. Decide which villages are to be electrified on priority basis
d. All of the above

ANSWER: Monitor the village electrification process
  • Due to tardy performance in the States, the National Democratic Alliance government launched the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) to ensure rapid electrification, feeder separation, and strengthening of rural distribution infrastructure. It is necessary to monitor progress intensively for smooth and fast implementation of electrification.
  • To transparently monitor the process, the Central government, in November 2015, appointed 309 young and passionate Grameen Vidyut Abhiyantas (GVAs or rural electrification engineers) from the same areas. Reports by these GVAs are shared through the GARV (Grameen Vidyutikaran) app ( with officials as well as the public.
  • It puts pressure on State governments for timely and quality delivery.
  • Prior to GVAs, only data provided by the States was available, which in many cases does not represent ground reality. GVAs provide a verification mechanism in a bold, transparent, and reliable manner.

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