Electricity in all villages: Modi cheers, but 30 mn homes remain powerless

 

PM Modi recently announced village electrification in India was completed. When Modi govt took office in 2014, it identified 18,452 villages to electrify under Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana

Does everyone in India now have access to electricity, finally? Going by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent announcement that all villages in the country have been connected with electricity, one might be inclined to believe so. Modi’s tweet announcing the achievement came after a Manipur village on Saturday evening became the last of the country’s 18,452 villages without electricity at the ‘time Modi took office in May 2014 to be connected to the national power grid. However, 30.6 million rural households in the country are yet to receive a power connection.

Countering Modi’s claim, the Congress on Sunday said the government was celebrating inefficiencies and taking credit for the work done by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. The prime minister and his government have not overtly claimed that all Indians have been provided access to electricty under their rule. However, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, “Dear Amit Shahji, India has 649,867 villages. Congress connected 97 per cent with electricity….”

The government has set the next target of providing electricity connections to over 40 million (4 crore) rural and urban households by March 2019 under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) initiative.

Here are all the facts that you need to know about rural electrification and electricity for all in India:

1) Last Indian village without electricity connected to national power grid: Leisang village in Manipur’s Senapati district on Saturday evening became the last village in the country to be connected to the national power grid. According to official data, there were 18,452 villages without electricity in the country at the time of Modi taking office in May 2014. “Electricity reached all Indian villages on Saturday,” Modi said in a tweet. “Yesterday, we fulfilled a commitment due to which the lives of several Indians will be transformed forever!” he said in another tweet.

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