IMPACT Evaluation of Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana
Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) was conceived in April 2005 by the Government of India to help achieve the goals set under the National Common Minimum Programme (NCMP) - Access to electricity for all rural households and electrification of all villages. The scheme also sought to provide free electricity connection to families below the poverty line (BPL).
Scheme Target: 1.25 lakh Villages, 7.8Cr un-electrified households (including 2.3 Cr BPL households)
The scheme was to officially end in 2009. However, due to non-attainment of revised electrification targets, certain allocations have been made for its continuation in the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17). There has been more than two fold increase in actual programme cost from Rs.16,000 Cr in 2005 to 35,447 Cr in 2013. As on March 2012, the status of target achievement1 was,
Last few evaluation studies on the scheme have focused largely on process assessment and highlighted important issues with implementation.
The IEO, at the instance of Ministry of Power, is undertaking a comprehensive evaluation of RGGVY that shall essentially study the outcomes and impact of the scheme and strengthen the limited evidence available. The study would assess if the public programme has brought about possible welfare gains to the poor. The evaluation study shall be conducted across 9 States - UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Assam, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. The evaluation is expected to take about 12-14 months. TORs for the evaluation is under preparation.