New Delhi: The government on Monday said a total of Rs 5,178 crore have been released to the states in the past three years (2009-12) for the development of the power sector.

"The government has released Rs 5,178 crore to 29 states/ union territories in the last three years (2009-12) under Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP)," Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

To a question on grant of incentives to increase power capacity in Andhra Pradesh, Shinde said: "For Andhra Pradesh Rs 199 crore has been released under R-APDRP during 2009-12".

However, he said, there has been no release of funds under R-APDRP in the current financial year (2012-13) to any state so far.

"The related projects are at various stages of implementation and the funds released are being utilised by the state distribution companies," he said.

Under the government's rural electrification scheme, Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran (RGGVY), the government has released Rs 12,237 crore to 27 states in the last three years (2009-12).

"Out of the Rs 12,237 crore, Rs 319 crore has been released to Andhra Pradesh during the same period," he said.

There has been no release of funds, under RGGVY during the current fiscal, to any state so far.

As per current official data (till April 30, 2012), 1.04 lakh villages have been electrified as against the target of 1.10 lakh, under RGGVY, he said.

(Agencies)

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