The Government aims to electrify all villages by March 31 next year. And it is possible.
Light has not come yet in my hut’ says Rama Devi of Bhikharipur a small village near Lucknow. A government official asked the engineer to take immediate step. When electrical engineer turns on the first light bulb, the joy on her face was enough to realize that the light bulb that flickers outside her mud house was a symbol of pride and progress. I
In his the last year’s Independence Day speech Prime Minister Modi announced that all the remaining villages would be electrified within 1000 days. The states provided a list of 18,452 un-electrified villages.
Rural electrification has been an enduring challenge for successive governments. States provides last mile connectivity while the central government provides policy and financial support.
The government has increased allocation to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna for rural electrification by Rs 8,500crore in budget for 2016-17. It also raised total plan outlay for power ministry to Rs 12,200 crore from 6,800crore.
Odisha, Bihar, and Assam have the highest number of un-electrified villages. Only 78.7 percent of India’s population has access to electricity, according to World Bank data. The centre’s Deendayal Upadhyaya Grameen Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) aims to achieve electrification of all the un-electrified villages by 31 March 2017.
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