Lucknow: Despite government’s plan, Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in Uttar Pradesh are deprived of free power connection.

Observing the lax attitude of engineers in providing power connection to the BPL families, Power Corporation CMD Naveneet Sehgal has sought details from the managing directors of electricity distribution corporation.

Under the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGVY), electric poles and wires have been put in the revenue generating villages and Dalit-dominated areas but the BPL families are not able to avail the facility.

After Dainik Jagran reported about the slipshodness of the officers, the government swung into action and spotted lapses at the department level.

Scanning the implementation of schemes, Dainik Jagran had launched an operation-Aaina-and on May 4 reporting about the lapses in the RGVY in Rae Bareli.

According to the scheme, there is a free connection for the BPL families but it seems that officials and engineers are not keen in providing them with the facility.

Corporation’s Director (Distribution) Jawaharlal said the CMD has reprimanded junior engineers, SDO for not providing them power connection.

 “Letters have been sent to managing directors, chief engineers (distribution) of the power distribution corporation as per directions from the CMD,” said Jawaharlal.

The CMD has sought details of all the connections given to the BPL families in a meeting scheduled for this month, he said.

According to sources, explanations have been sought from chief engineers, superintendent engineers and executive engineers of those districts where connections have not been given to BPL families.

The corporation had set a target be4fore four distribution companies to provide connection to two lakh BPL families.

Jawaharlal added that connections will be given if the village head writes an application to the officers concerned and provides a list of people who have been left out of the scheme.