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Strategy for Rural Electrification-2
|by Dr. Anil Rajvanshi|
Similarly there is also a suggestion in some quarters that the model should be based on a cooperative. However the cooperative model especially in the sugar sector has been thoroughly discredited and hence may not be a fit model to emulate.
The author has proposed that the major corporate leaders in the electricity area like Tata Power, Reliance etc. should enter this field. They have the managerial and technical expertise required in running such MCs. They can take a lead in initiating few projects with the help of local NGOs so that the corporate, NGO and Government partnership can be fostered. If a few projects are successful, then they can be replicated all over the country by a franchising mechanism.
For existing private power companies the MC concept also makes good business sense. Each MC will cost about Rs. 35,00,000 and with about 20000 villages being identified by Government of India as totally unelectrified, a business of about Rs. 7000 crores for these companies can be generated.
4. Policy issues
Finally it should be pointed out that India Inc cannot prosper if rural India lags behind. Without economically viable rural industries, the whole country will remain backward and electrification of rural India is the first step in that direction. Thus this provides an excellent opportunity for Indian corporate sector to participate in nation building by building the rural electricity infrastructure. That was the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and I am sure that is the dream of every Indian.
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