Have you ever wondered how many people have told you so far that they had studied under the lamppost on the street, including former Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh?
Well, some may be true stories and some may be just stories, but one couldn’t, except Narendra Modi government, take the fact away that in the 21st century in India over 50% villages were without electricity. However, the Modi Government seems to believe more in actions than narrating stories.
On Saturday, 5:30 PM, the last village that was brought on the power grid was Leisang located in the Senapati district of Manipur. With Leisang getting connected to the power grid, Indian government completed its mission of electrifying each and every village of India before 2020.
However, that doesn’t mean there is 100% electricity. Minimum 10% of household should have electricity to be categorized under Village electrification but the infrastructure will enable this to scale and get to 100%.
Narendra Modi government got into mission mode as soon as Prime Minister took an oath of the office and initiated the program called Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana. DDUGJY has been proven to be a pathbreaking program that changed the entire paradigm of good governance in India by ensuring universal electricity access to all Indian
According to the data available, India has approximately 597,464 villages that come under census. Each of these villages has been provided electricity. The mission mode project was allocated Rs75,893 crore for village electrification of 18,452 villages, which were census villages but un-electrified. There were 1275 other villages found during the course, which were un-electrified by then.
Rural Electrification Corporation was appointed with the responsibility to execute the scheme and as data stands on April 28, 2018, all villages are connected with either national grid or off-grid platforms. There see 1236 villages in India, which have been uninhabited, while 35 are recognized as grazing reserve, data claimed.
“We are just absolutely thrilled, excited and delighted. We have fulfilled our mandate, our promise and the work allotted to us by the government and the honorable Prime Minister,” P.V. Ramesh, chairman and managing director, REC told.
It appeared as if a distant dream, when Prime Minister, Narendra Modi announced in his independent Day speech on 15th August 2015, the complete electrification of India.
Intended at providing round the clock energy to villages and enough power supply to agricultural customers, the DDUGJY included feeder partition, reinforcing of sub-transmission and dissemination, metering at every stage, town jolt, and setting up small scale grids and off-grid circulation network. The next stage of the mission Prime Minister envisaged is to provide electricity to over 4 crore households in rural and town areas by March 2019. To achieve this feat, Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) has been devised.
The scheme provides financial assistance for the last-mile connectivity. For, a mechanism will be developed to ensure less import of fossil fuel, improve the underutilized power production units, and meet the global commitment to climate change.
The aim of the government isn’t limited to providing lighting power but to ensure people can leverage to use induction, heating machines as well can charge electric vehicles.
The economic benefit of this achievement of Modi government is unprecedented. It will boost the agricultural activities and irrigation resulting in better quality and quantity of farm yield. More so, the electrification would extend the socio-economic development in the rural areas.
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