Delivering electricity to every village in India was at the top of the agenda for the successive governments at centre. Subsequently, on 28 April 2018, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the country had achieved its goal of providing electricity to every village in India which is being considered as “one of the greatest achievements in the history of energy”.
However, it does not reflect the right image of ‘electricity for all’ as a village is considered electrified if 10 per cent of its homes and public buildings are connected to the grid. Therefore, despite successful implementation of rural electrification schemes, about 3.21 crore households in India remained without electricity until May 2018. Thus, the present government expressed its commitment to energise every household in the country. In this context, the Saubhagya Scheme or Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana was launched in September 2017 that envisaged complete the electrification process by December 2018.
So far, the government has made significant progress in this move. Data available on the Saubhagya dashboard showed that out of total 21,34,53,076 rural households, 21,34,30,385 are already electrified and 22,691 homes which constitutes to 0.01 per cent are yet to be electrified.
This time, we are presenting a reality check of India’s 100% rural electrification. Hope you will enjoy reading the issue as always.
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