71 years after Independence, all of India's inhabited villages finally have electricity
- The government has ‘delivered’ on its promise to electrify all 597,464 inhabited villages in India.
- A village is considered electrified if 10% of its households and public places — schools, panchayat office and health centre — have access to power.
- Only 1416 villages have achieved 100% household connectivity.
However, what’s to be noted is that a village is considered electrified if the basic infrastructure, such as distribution transformer and lines, have been set up in the inhabited localities, including Dalit hamlets, and 10% of its households and public places — schools, panchayat office and health centre — have access to power.
The NDA government launched the ₹760 billion Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) on 25 July 2015. The original target was to provide electricity to 18,452 unelectrified villages, which was later bumped up to 19,727 villages. However, as on 20 April 2018, of the total number of ‘electrified’ villages, only 1416 villages have achieved 100% household connectivity, according to the data on the Grameen Vidyutikaran (rural electrification) website.
Former Power Secretary, P Uma Shankar told the Times Of India, "Village electrification means that the infrastructure to supply power has now reached certain parts of the village. The next step should be to focus on providing connection to all households and ensuring adequate power supply to these homes."
On accomplishing the goal, a chuffed Prime Minister Modi tweeted yesterday: “Leisang village in Manipur, like the thousands of other villages across India has been powered and empowered!”
He also tweeted the following:
28th April 2018 will be remembered as a historic day in the development journey of India. Yesterday, we fulfilled a commitment due to which the lives of several Indians will be transformed forever! I am delighted that every single village of India now has access to electricity.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 29, 2018
I salute the efforts of all those who worked tirelessly on the ground, including the team of officials, the technical staff and all others, to make this dream of a #PowerfulIndia a reality. Their efforts today will help generations of Indians in the coming years. pic.twitter.com/t8WjZgpNuT— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 29, 2018
The Congress, however, was quick to call the government out on the obvious gloating, claiming that it was taking “fake credit”.
Dear Amit Shahji,— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) April 29, 2018
India has 6,49,867 villages. Congress connected 97% with electricity.
During UPA (2004-14), Congress electrified 1,07,600 villages.
In 60 yrs, Congress average is electrifying 10,000 villages per year.
Congress created #PowerfulIndia but didn’t boast!
2/2— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) April 29, 2018
On 26th May,2014; only 18,452 villages were without electrification.
BJP Govt took 46 months to complete this at at an average of 4,813 villages per year.
This is - ‘celebrating inefficiencies’ & taking ‘fake credit’ for Congress work. pic.twitter.com/U270EK2pee
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