The Jyotigram Yojana is a Gujarat government initiative to ensure that there is a constant supply of electricity in rural areas of the state on a 24-hour three-phase quality power supply, as well as to supply an ample amount of power to farmers living in scattered farmhouses through feeders with specially designed transformers.
In the year 2006, President A.P.J. Abdul Kalamazoo launched the scheme as a gift to the nation. Since then, the Jyotigram initiative has significantly improved the quality of life in the villages. For the 12th five-year plan, the scheme has been designated as a flagship programme.
What are the main characteristics and goals of the (JGVY)?
- Gujarat’s government launched the programme to promote the rural industry.
- The scheme’s main goal is to offer a continuous surge of power to the rural area’s enterprises.
- The plan has ensured an increase in the quality of life for those working in the cottage and rural industries.
- The yojana will provide better tools and technology to help in the efficient production of consumer goods.
- The state government would contribute 25% of the project budget, ranging from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 25 lakh.
- The amount of financial help for an SC/ST/Women and Physically Disabled person will be 30%.
- The amount of the subsidy will be deposited into the beneficiaries’ accounts and subtracted after two years of the project’s successful start-up.
Interested applicants should apply and submit their applications to the Cottage and Rural Industries Department’s District Industry Board office.
- Individual artisans/entrepreneurs, aged 25 to 50, with a 10th-grade education who are currently working at home or in the factory/unit of the proposed project or who have been taught by a recognised institution in the proposed project’s activity are eligible for the plan.
- Active SHGs in Grade II are small-scale producers of goods.
Assistance with finances:
- The project’s ceiling restriction is between Rs.1 lakh and Rs.25 lakh. Up to Rs. 10 lakh, the state government will provide 25% of the project cost as Margin Money; for projects between Rs. 10 lakh and Rs. 25 lakh, the rate of Margin Money will be 25% of the project cost up to Rs.10 lakh + 10% of the remaining project cost. It will be 30% up to Rs.10 lakh for SC/ST/Women/Physically Handicapped people, and 10% for the rest.
- The subsidy amount will be credited to the beneficiaries’ accounts, which will be subtracted when the programme has run successfully for two years.
Note: (Partnership firms private Limited Companies, Joint Ventures, Jt. Borrowers, Co-obligators or HUF are not eligible under the scheme).
Applicants must submit a fully completed application form, which is available at the District Industries Centre. After receiving applications from their beneficiaries, Boards / Corporations linked with the Cottage & Rural Industries Department can submit them to the District Industries Centre. Officers of the District Industries Centre and Boards/ Corporations who are permitted and do not have a lower rank than class-II can sponsor applications to the General Manager of the District Industries Centre after visiting the location and completing the checklist before sanction. After verification, including spot verification if necessary, the General Manager will suggest acceptable applications to the bank.