Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced that the government has started supplying electricity to every village in India.
Modi tweeted, “I am delighted that every single village of India now has access to electricity.”
He made the announcement naming Manipur’s Leisang as the last one to receive electricity on Saturday.
It means that nearly 600,000 inhabited villages now have access to power.
India is world’s third largest producer and consumer of power. But poor distribution has been one of the biggest challenges.
A village is considered electrified if it has a basic electrical infrastructure and a 10 percent of households and public places that include schools, health center, and Panchayat office have electricity.
The government in an announcement in August 2015 had promised to bring electricity to all the villages in the country within 1000 days.
The government is now aiming to supply electricity to every household and ensure reliable power supply to people and commercial establishments.
While electricity has reached villages, the quality of supply remains an issue.
In addition, many towns and villages face power cuts due to poor transmission infrastructure and problems with transformers. Furthermore, many households in electrified villages do not have an electricity connection.
This prompted the government to launch the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, or Saubhagya, scheme in 2017 to ensure electrification of all willing households in the country in both the rural and urban areas by the end of this year.
“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 connectivity to all households and ensuring adequate power supply to these homes,” former power secretary P UmaShankar said.