All other villages in Gulbarga, Yadgir districts have power: CM

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said that measures have been initiated to provide electricity to Sharabejanahalli in Chincholi taluk, which is the only village in Gulbarga district which has no electricity, by tapping solar energy and utilising the funds available under the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Programme.

In reply to an un-starred question by Congress MLC Allamaprabhu Patil in the Legislative Council, Mr. Siddaramaiah, who also holds the Energy portfolio, said that all villages in Gulbarga and Yadgir districts had been given electricity connection, except Sharabejanahalli.

To another question, Mr. Siddaramaiah said that all the Atalji Jan Seva Kendras would be also provided with electricity by tapping solar energy.

At present, the 13 such kendras in Yadgir district and 25 in different hoblis in Gulbarga district were not given electricity connection. Each of these kendras would be fitted with 2-KWp capacity solar panels to provide required quantum of power.

To another un-starred question, Minister for Forest Environment and Ecology B. Ramanath Rai told Mr. Patil that in the last five years, no forestland in Yadgir and Gulbarga districts had been encroached upon.

Wide scope

The Minister admitted that there was a wide scope for increasing the green cover in the two districts, which had a huge potential for surface water irrigation.

Since 2010-11, the government had released Rs. 3.41 crore to Yadgir and Rs. 9.3 crore to Gulbarga districts to respective social forestry divisions for increasing the green cover, he said.

To another question by Mr. Patil, Minister for Cooperation H.S. Mahadeva Prasad said, this year the Gulbarga District Central Cooperative Bank had disbursed loans worth Rs. 17.71 crore to 3,739 new members.

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