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Arunachal seeks ‘special consideration’ for its power sector under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan

Arunachal Pradesh government has urged the Centre for “special consideration” for the state’s power sector under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein sought consideration in the implementation of system upgradation for generation, transmission and distribution of power, saying heavy rains, landslides and snowfall in the hilly state damage the power infrastructure.

Mein, who also holds the power portfolio, was speaking at a video conference with Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and New and Renewable Energy, R K Singh, and power ministers of all states and union territories on Friday.

He said a major portion of the existing power infrastructure in the state is very old except those made recently under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) and Saubhagya schemes, an official communiqu said.

Mein put forward the need for adequate financial support for replacing and improving existing transmission lines, substations, transformers and other infrastructures, it said.

He also requested the Centre for financial support so that the state can reduce aggregate technical and commercial losses.

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